Patna stampede: Doctors delegation meet Bihar CM for taking back suspension

A delegation of senior doctors on Thursday met Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and sought revocation of the suspension of Superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital and action against seven others for remaining unavailable at the hospital on October 3.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014, 15:08 PM IST

Patna: A delegation of senior doctors on Thursday met Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and sought revocation of the suspension of Superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital and action against seven others for remaining unavailable at the hospital on October 3.

The team comprising office bearers of the Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association and Bihar Health Services Association (BHSA) met Manjhi seeking withdrawal of the punitive action against PMCH doctors.

The state government had on Tuesday suspended PMCH Superintendent Lakhinder Prasad.

Four doctors of Assistant Professor rank in Surgery, Urology and Orthopaedics department were transferred outside Patna, while the Heads of Department of Orthopaedics, Surgery and Urology were served show cause notice.

The action was taken after the Chief Minister was annoyed over the unavailability of doctors and the prevailing filth which he found during a surprise inspection of the premier medical institution in the state capital on Sunday last.

IMA vice president Shahjanand Singh told a news agency that the Chief Minister gave them a patient hearing and asked the doctors to give a representation to him which he would consider.

Singh and BHSA general secretary Ajay Kumar said when Manjhi was told that the suspended PMCH Superintendent was himself suffering from cancer he had words of sympathy for him.

The two doctors said that the Chief Minister discussed with them poor upkeep of PMCH and asked them to assist improving the condition.

"We appreciated the CM's concern for better upkeep of the PMCH," Ajay Kumar told a news agency.

Protesting suspension and action against seven other PMCH doctors, IMA and BHSA had held a meeting hours after the announcement of suspension on October 7 and had threatened agitation if the order was not taken back.

Altogether 33 people were killed and 29 injured in a stampede outside the Gandhi Maidan after Dusshera festival on October 3.

Injured and relatives of many of the stampede survivors had complained to the CM regarding negligence on part of doctors and non-availability of medicines in PMCH.