Authorities on Tuesday imposed a ban on journalists to enter hospitals to “ensure patient care”.
“In the interest of patient care and smooth function of institutions, it is impressed upon all Medical Superintendents of Associated Hospital that they should not allow any journalist to enter the wards or operation theatres especially at the time of ward rounds or management of mass casualties,” Professor Samia Rashid, Principal and Dean, Government Medical College Srinagar said in a written order.
The order further reads, “it has come to the notice of undersigned that press reporters of various news agencies are frequently visiting hospital and unwarrantedly entering into wards/sections and other critical areas without seeking proper permission from the competent authority that too during clinical rounds and conducting of investigative procedure while performing their professional duties besides patients too feel harassed. The undue interference of media personnel is detrimental to the outcome of patient care.”
“Any press briefings that are desirable for mass awareness of the public will be conveyed by the concerned Medical Superintendents at appropriate time,” the order concludes.