Jehangir Ahmad

Srinagar, Nov 27 (GNS): A poor woman, suffering acute abdomen pain, had to wait several hours on Monday for staff to come for carrying out the USG prescribed to her by the doctors at District Hospital Kupwara.

Reports reaching news agency GNS said that the woman belonging to a poor family from Lolab was taken to the hospital by relatives as she complained of abdomen pain on Monday morning. They said that while the doctors prescribed USG investigation, the family was told to get it done from outside the hospital as they approached the concerned unit.

The poor family expressed inability to have the investigation done from outside the hospital and they were made to wait around 3:00 PM as the staff reached the hospital.

The plight of the family caught attention of scores of locals and attendants of patients who later staged protest against the authorities.

They said that it was not the case against the poor family but a “routine” in the hospital.

“Almost every patient is asked to get the investigations carried from outside the Hospital. It is a routine and even poor patients are not spared,” the protesters said and urged the government to take stern action against those responsible for making people to suffer.

They alleged that doctors as well as other staff even leave hospital by 2:30PM every day as they have to reach clinics for private practice and allied vocation.  “The doctors even brazenly tell us to visit private clinics where they practice,” they alleged.

Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr. Pralad Singh assured action delinquents.

“Dereliction of duty is unacceptable and those found at fault will be dealt with in accordance with rule,” he said.  (GNS)