Jalandhar: In a classic case of ‘political influence’, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment and BJP Punjab chief Vijay Sampla created a scene at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), after he found that no doctor was attending his sister at the hospital late on Wednesday night.
Sampla accompanied by a battery of BJP leaders got furious when he learnt that no doctor was available on night duty to attend his sister Surinder Kaur. The minister’s sister was suffering from Chikungunea and was admitted at PIMS since last week. She was made to pay Rs 2600 for an injection for Chikungunea treatment.
Later, citing poor medical care, the minister got his sister admitted at Civil Hospital Jalandhar at midnight. The minister also summoned the Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Civil Surgeon and PIMS Principal Dr Kulbir Kaur and sought action in the matter.
The BJP leader spent over an hour at PIMS during which he directed the Civil Surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhatia to hold an inquiry into the matter. The Civil Surgeon constituted a three-member board to check the poor functioning of PIMS.
A case under section 420 of IPC was also registered against the PIMS Hospital management for charging Rs 2600 from the sister of the MoS for an injection of Chikungunea. “How could they charge Rs 2600 for an injection in Chikungunea treatment, when there was no such prescription?” he asked.
Talking to Daily Post over the phone from Delhi, Sampla said that before boarding a train to Delhi on Wednesday night, he decided to visit his sister at PIMS. “My staff informed the PIMS management about my visit to the hospital atleast 30-minutes in advance but still no doctor was present on duty. The PIMS staff was not even aware that ‘who’ has come to PIMS on visit”, he said.
The BJP Punjab president said, “All I wanted to know was that which doctor was attending on my sister. Surprisingly, the PIMS staff kept on passing the buck. When I asked about the mobile number of the doctor who was treating my sister, the PIMS staff informed me to get it from the reception.”
Sampla plainly said that even a local Municipal Corporation councilor gets a better treatment! “Later to my horror, when I again asked about the doctor, the PIMS staff sent a Sales and Marketing employee. This left me shocked at the state of affairs of PIMS. I not only ordered an inquiry but also got an FIR registered against the PIMS management for charging Rs 2600 from my sister Surinder Kaur”, he added.
However, when pointed out that he inspected PIMS only when his sister was admitted and never paid a visit to meet the routine patients, Sampla said, “I went to visit my cousin sister. She hails from my village. If, I can go to meet her, I can very well visit others too. All are my brothers and sisters only”, he said, adding that he ordered that if PIMS was not able to run well, all patients should be shifted to Civil Hospital.
The minister kept on emphasizing that he went to PIMS only when his sister got admitted there. “Rather, I was in a hurry to leave for Delhi”, he quipped.
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