Health Minister Lal Singh Monday reprimanded GMC Faculty and Principal Government Medical College Srinagar for not taking good care of patients in SMHS hospital.
Sources said Lal Singh arrived at SMHS hospital Srinagar at 8:30 am and took Faculty including Principal GMC Dr Rafiq Pampori to task for showing negligence in patient care.
They said Health Minister visited Triage ward where patients with heart ailment are taken care of. The ward was set up two years ago and a foundation stone with the name of GMC Principal Dr Rafiq Pampori is inscribed on it.
Sources said after interacting with the patients, the minister shouted at Dr Pampori.
"You are more interested in your publicity and least bothered about the well-being of the patients. Look, what you people (doctors) have done to this hospital, it stinks. Change your style of working. This government is not going to tolerate this and you must serve and treat patients with utmost care," Singh shouted at doctors.
Reports said that lot of people mostly attendants gathered outside Triage ward and appreciated Health Minister. "Former Health Minister used to rebuke lower rung employees only but this Minister today sent a loud and clear message that everyone is equal before him and nobody will be spared for his negligence," an employee said.
"I think something good will now happen and doctors will not take patients for a ride," said an attendant who was present at the time of incident.
Meanwhile, Principal GMC refuted reports about his resignation. "I have not resigned but strongly condemn the incident," he said.