BMO Handwara Suspended Over ‘Misconduct’

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Srinagar: The health department on Wednesday suspended a senior medical officer in north Kashmir’s Handwara for using ‘un-parliamentary language’ against public and healthcare staff.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Handwara, Abdul Majid Bhat was placed under suspension and attached with CMO office after a probe indicted him of using un-parliamentary language for public besides abusing the female staff, officials said Wednesday. His suspension order was issued by the Directorate Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) on the recommendation of the enquiry team that was constituted on the complaint of Panches and Sarpanch of Chowgal Handwara.

“Whereas, taking cognizance of the complaint and in order to ascertain the factual position, an inquiry team of officers/officials was constituted vide this office order No. DHSK/PS/201-07 dated 04/06/2020 to conduct the enquiry and submit the report within two days positively,” reads the order.

It adds that the enquiry team furnished the report and stated that the doctor concerned has not been able to prove his ability as an administrator.

“Besides, he uses un-parliamentary language for public and abuses the female staff, thus recommended for immediate suspension of the doctor concerned,” the order reads.

“Now, upholding the recommendations of enquiry committee, Dr Ab. Majid Bhat I/C BMO Handwara is hereby placed under suspension and is attached with CMO Office Bandipora till further orders,” the order adds.

It further says that Dr Abdul Rouf, in-charge Medical Superintendent district hospital Handwara “is hereby directed to look-after the work of Block Medical Officer Handwara in addition to his own duties till further orders,”

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