Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, March 22: The authorities have relieved two doctors, including a senior registrar, of the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital from their services for alleged professional misconduct.
The accused doctors had a tussle on March 12 over taking possession of operation theatre to conduct surgeries of their patients, which forced the SMHS authorities to initiate an enquiry into the incident.
“The enquiry committee has found the doctors guilty of professional misconduct and recommended they should be relieved from their services,” said Principal, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, Kaisar Ahmad.
The SMHS is an associated hospital of the GMC, Srinagar. Both the medicos, Muntakhab Nafae and Yawar Watali, were working as junior registrar and senior registrar, respectively, at the SMHS hospital for three-year tenure.
On March 12, Watali had taken a patient, whose hernia was to be removed, to the operation theatre. However, Nafae requested him to let her first do the surgery of her patient, Bashir Ahmad of north Kashmir’s border town, Uri. “Bashir’s gallbladder was ruptured and delay in surgery could have led to his death,” said Nafae. However, Watali refused to leave the operation theatre.
After conducting her patient’s surgery, Nafae insisted that her patient needed immediate surgery unlike Watali’s patient. She sent a junior doctor to check the operation notes of Watali’s patient on March 14.
While the junior doctor was flipping through operation notes of the patient, the attendants created a hue and cry and registered a case of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy against him in the local police station.
The issue was escalated to the office of the Principal, GMC, who initiated an enquiry in which both doctors were found guilty of misconduct.