10092023-LT-01.qxd 9/10/2023 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune DC OFFICE EMPLOYEES ON THREE-DAY PEN-DOWN STRIKE FROM TOMORROW P2 » TWO PEDDLERS ARRESTED WITH HEROIN, ILLEGAL WEAPON, GOLD ORNAMENTS P2 » Three employees suspended, action against others underway who will be the chairman of the committee. Dr Hitinder Kaur, director, family welfare, and Dr Anil, Civil Surgeon, Faridkot, will be the other members. The committee has been given the report sent by the Chief Secretary and had been asked to present their report regarding clear-cut guidelines and SOPs by September 12. The Principal Secretary, Health, will be visiting the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on September 13 and committee members had also been asked to be present there on the day of the visit. Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 Three employees of the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, have been suspended with immediate effect while action has also been initiated against others in an incident in which a patient died after falling off a stretcher at the hospital on August 27. Serious lapses in performing their duty were found against six employees in the inquiry report submitted by Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik. The employees who have been suspended are staff nurse (emergency ward) Kuldeep Kaur, Class IV employee (emergency ward) Manoj Kumar and staff nurse (male ward) Amanpreet Kaur. Besides, the inquiry report has also found serious lapses against House Surgeon (emergency ward) Dr Dhananjay and outsourced safai Sewak Shankar and action is being taken against them as per rules. Directions have also been issued to take necessary action against emergency medical officer Dr Lovepreet Singh Gill. Those who were found responsible of additional/ supervisory lapses include Dr Charan Kamal, Dr Amanpreet Kaur and Dr Sourav Singla and a show cause notice will be issued to them according to Health Minister Balbir Singh with other officials during his visit to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SERIOUS LAPSES WERE FOUND AGAINST SIX STAFF Serious lapses in performing their duties were found against six employees in the inquiry report submitted by Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik. The probe report has also found serious lapses against House Surgeon (emergency ward) and an outsourced safai Sewak and action will also be taken against them as per rules. Directions have also been issued to take necessary action against the EMO. the Punjab Civil Services (punishment and appeals) Rules, 1970, while disciplinary action will be taken against Dr Loveleen Singh and Dr Sunaiya (both House Surgeons of male ward) according to the rule book. Though Dr Ishan, PG resident from general surgery, has not been found guilty of any lapse, he has been asked for better management and remain extra vigilant in the future. He went inside the unidentified patients’ ward twice but still remain unaware about the particular patient. The Senior Medical Officer Careless attitude will not be accepted, says minister concerned was found negligent in managing efficient working, implementation of duty roasters properly and maintaining a casual approach towards late arrival of doctors. She has been asked to be vigilant and keep a strict control over the working of the hospital in future. Besides, a three-member committee has been formed to give clear-cut guidelines and issue standard operating procedures (SOPs) so that no such incident occurs in future. The members of the committee include Dr Adarshpal Kaur, director, health and family welfare, Health Minister Balbir Singh today visited the Civil Hospital and said the Health Department would make necessary changes required in the working of the hospital. He reprimanded the Senior Medical Officer and staff for adopting a callous attitude due to which a person lost his life after falling off the stretcher. He cautioned them and said such a careless attitude would not be accepted in the future. “The ICU facility will be started here within a month so that no patient is referred from the hospital and other issues such as shortage of medicines will also be taken care of,” he said. continued on page 2 Woman dies in hit-and-run, kin lay siege to highway Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 9 After an unknown vehicle rammed into a woman and killed her at Kailash Nagar Chowk yesterday night, her kin laid siege to the highway. The deceased was identified as Meenakshi, a native of Sitamarhi in Bihar. After the incident, the driver of the vehicle fled the spot. On receiving information, the woman’s relatives reached the scene and staged a protest, raising slogans against the police administration. Following a traffic jam caused by the protest, police personnel in a large number reached the place to calm down the protesters. Minor confrontation also took place between the latter and the police. Presence of the crowd prompted the police to swiftly take control of the body and transfer it to the mortuary of the Civil Hospital. Commuters faced inconvenience as a long traffic jam reported on the highway and traffic remained disrupted for around three hours. The police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd. Sources said Meenakshi’s husband had passed away due to a liver disease almost 18 months ago. The couple had two daughters and a son. 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