Punjab’s top doctor resigns after forcing minister to lie on dirty mattress, breaks down in meeting with Congress chief

Punjab Health Minister Chetan Singh Joramajra came under fire from several quarters after he allegedly forced the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) to lie on a dirty mattress during an examination.

On this incident, there was a strong political reaction from the opposition and the Chief Minister of Punjab, who said that the situation could have been better.

Following the incident on Friday, VC Raj Bahadur resigned from the post and said he had informed the Punjab Chief Minister of the “humiliation” he had suffered and requested that he be given the services. Be dismissed because the work environment was not conducive.

“I have expressed my displeasure with the chief minister and told him that I feel insulted,” Bahadur told PTI over phone on Saturday.

The Chief Minister called it a bitter situation.

When Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was asked about the incident at a function here, he said that such “talkhians” (bitter situations) come up during work and added, “I think That the situation could have been handled better.”

Earlier in the day, Dr. Bahadur spoke to reporters in Mohali and said that Chief Minister Mann had expressed regret for his minister’s behaviour.

The Doctor breaks down.

Congress’s Waring met Bahadur at the Regional Spinal Center in Mohali to express solidarity and support and said he saluted the spirit of the doctor who had dedicated himself to serving the people. Bahadur burst into tears while meeting the Congress leader.

In a video, Dr Bahadur is seen crying as the Congress leader holds his hand and tells him not to lose heart. Waring later embraced him and touched his feet as a sign of respect.

Asked why he became emotional, the doctor told reporters, “I am fine. As you can see, I am participating in my work and have already done two surgeries today and taking care of my patients. I am taking care.
Asked about withdrawing the resignation, Bahadur replied, “I told the chief minister what happened… the chief minister apologized.” The senior doctor said, “When you work so hard and give your best. “When you’re faced with that kind of behavior, you feel inferior.”

Sources say that the Chief Minister has taken strict notice of the incident and has spoken to Joramajra. It is also learned that Mann has asked Bahadur to remain in the post and meet him next week.

Mann said that Dr. Bahadur is a very good friend of his. “When my father suffered a spinal cord injury, Dr. Raj Bahadur was the director of GMCH (Government Medical College and Hospital) in Chandigarh. He is a very good doctor,” he said.

The incident took place on Friday when Juramajra was on an inspection of the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot, which falls under the BFUHS.

A video clip of the incident circulating on social media showed Joramajara placing his hand on the veteran surgeon’s shoulder as he pointed out the “bad and filthy condition” of the mattress inside the hospital’s skin department.

The minister is then seen allegedly forcing Dr. Bahadur to lie on the same mattress.

In the video, Bahadur is seen explaining to the minister that he is not responsible for the facilities, to which the AAP leader replies, “Everything is in your hands.” Bahadur, 71, who has more than four decades of experience in various reputed health institutions, told PTI over phone on Saturday that he felt humiliated after the treatment of the minister. are doing

Bahadur, a spine surgery and joint replacement specialist, is the former Director Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh and has also been the Head of the Orthopedic Department at PGIMER, Chandigarh.

Criticism on the incident of the bodies of doctors

The incident sparked outrage and opposition parties and various doctors’ organizations including the Indian Medical Association (IMA) strongly condemned the behavior of the health minister and demanded an apology from him.

PCMS Association, a doctors’ organization in Punjab, strongly condemned the “unethical treatment” meted out to Dr. Bahadur.

The body expressed its “deepest dismay” at the incident and said that “public shaming of a senior doctor over systemic issues is deeply reprehensible.” The Indian Orthopedic Association said in a statement that the education minister’s disrespectful attitude towards a person in the highest position “makes us feel like we are being ruled by the Taliban”.

The opposition parties also targeted the AAP government over this incident.

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Punjab Health Minister Chetan Juramajra’s outrageous and cruel behavior is unacceptable. He should not only apologize to Dr. Raj Bahadur, but sack him immediately. This is medical for @BhagwantMann.” It is a test case for restoring community trust.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal called out the minister for his “reprehensible behaviour”. BJP leader Sunil Jakhar said that the treatment meted out to the eminent doctor was shameful and totally unacceptable.

Hitting back at the opposition parties, the AAP accused them of “shedding crocodile tears to score brownie points in front of the media on the issue”.

Calling the incident “unfortunate”, party spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said “the way the opposition is playing cheap politics on this issue is equally unfortunate”.

(with inputs from PTI)

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