Media barred from entry into GBP hospital

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Jan 11, 2017 : In a calculated bid to hide their nefarious activities and negligence of professional duties leading to deaths of patients at regular intervals , a section of unruly nurses and doctors in GBP hospital have decided to create all sorts of obstacles in the entry of media persons including photographers to the hospital. There is however no formal order in this regard. But yesterday in the evening a group of nurses backed by unruly private security guards stopped a group of journalists from entering the hospital , citing flimsy grounds.

When the supreintendent of the hospital Dr Subrata Baidya was contacted for his reaction he pleaded ignorance of the issue and said that usually media persons are required to obtain permission from the deputy superintendent of the hospital or the residential medical officer (RMO) but there was no formal bar as such. But the incident did really happen.

During the past five years GBP hospital has been witness to a series of ruckus over the death of patients due to negligence in treatment by doctors and nurses. A senior advocate of the state Torab Ali had died a premature death due to brazen medical negligence and when his son Jahir Ali had protested he was about to be beaten to death by junior doctors, medical students and nurses though he narrowly escaped. Besides, on April 5 a large group of junior doctors, AGMC students and nurses had beaten up and broken the cameras of a large group of media photogaphers who had gone to the hospital to take phtos of a young housewife of Teliamura who had fallen dead purely due to negligence in treatment by doctors and nurses. The matter was finally settled out of court after the guardians of unruly AGMC students had apologised and given financial compensation.

According to rules there are restrictions on the entry of media persons in sugical units, female wards and maternity wards without permission but a group of senior doctors who indulge the below-par and ruffian-like AGMC students-many of them drug-addicts and alcoholics- and nurses create all obstacles in the entry of media persons to the hospital . The media persons are planning to take up the issue with the health minister Badal Chowdhury.

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