Committee members family runs unregistered ortho centre
Srinagar: Prompt action by the Health Minister, ChoudharyLal Singh, to see how sixty percent hospitals and nursing homes in private sector were functioning without registration has been widely hailed by civil society.
However , a day after Minister for Health and Medical Education, Singh ordered constitution of a five member panel to look into the issue as reported by Kashmir Observer, it has come to the fore that one of the members of the just constituted committee is himself running an unregistered nursing home in the heart of Srinagar city.
The five member committee will be headed by the Project Director, J&K AIDS Control Society, Dr Saleem-Ur-Rehman. Other members of the committee include, Medical Superintendent, GB Panth Hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan, Deputy Director Health Services (HQ) Kashmir, Dr Karim, Medical Superintendent, B&J Hospital, Srinagar, Dr Abdul Rasheed Badoo, representatives from civil society including entrepreneur Umer Tramboo and journalist, Shuja-Ul-Haq.
Owners of a group of nursing homes said that although they welcome the order issued by the Health Minister but at the same time they fail to understand how a person was chosen as a member whose family runs an unregistered orthopaedic centre. Recently when government sought documents from the said orthopaedic centre, the owner brought a stay from court, forcing the government to delay the process of verification, they said and appealed Health Minister to nominate non-controversial members to the committee.
When contacted the accused member said that the orthopaedic centre does not belong to him but is run by his son.
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