This refers to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat order no. HCM/JKGCC/H&ME/10/2017 dated 4-12-2017 regarding holding of inspection drive of all district hospitals by CM Grievance Cell. The order stand issued after receipt of grievances with regard to healthcare system, including frequent negligence of basic health care facilities, lack of sanitation, unavailability of medical facilities, non availability of doctors and other staff, unaccountability, non availability of ambulances, increasing cases of medical negligence, lack of emergency services and staff, unaddressed public grievances and unsecured hospital compounds which have turned into den for drug addicts, illegal parking zones, waste dumping sites, and abode of stray dogs. The inspection schedule fixed for 11 hospitals of Jammu Division. It is a welcome step on behalf of the CM and speaks of step forward to come up the expectations of the people for a solace from all the sufferings in health sector. This decision to take up inspections by the CM Grievance Cell has badly exposed the total failure of the Health Minister, Bali Bhagat from BJP quota, to manage the affairs in this sector and it testify the sentiments of common man against him regarding his inefficiency and the news in media of his efforts to divert the inspection of GMC by this cell has further approved his indulgence in bad affairs of the hospitals. Through the inspection reports we expect the expose of corruption prevailing in siphoning of the funds by collusive way in between Hospital authorities and the concerned Ministry and transfer business under the noose of the Minister. The Health Minister’s inefficiency badly exposed by formulating schedule of inspections by CM Grievance Cell, hence under the circumstances he no more deserve to be in the Government as Health Minister and should be sacked by the CM forthwith for his painful delivery in most important field of health. Why to keep an in-efficient Minister in the Government, who has no vision to enhance, the medical facilities and is responsible for all the mess created in the hospitals as pointed out in the order referred above? We expect similar measures in respect of other departments against whom common man is always in arms such as Social welfare, PWD, PHE, Electrification, Education, Revenue, Tourism and many more especially those held by Ministers from the BJP quota.
Mahadeep Singh Jamwal
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