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Medico’s complaint against Prof; GMC Principal makes ‘accused’ a ‘victim’

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VIVEK SHARMA

JAMMU: In a strange turn of events, Principal, Government Medical College Jammu has ordered an enquiry by a 3-member panel of senior doctors into an ‘unspecified’ incident, not mentioned in the order issued on Thursday.
The order comes in the wake of a report carried by STATE TIMES five days ago, reporting that a female medico had leveled very serious charges against a senior professor of the college in her complaint to the Principal.
Instead of taking cognizance of the complaint, Dr Shashi Sudhan Sharma Principal and Dean is alleged to have obtained a complaint from the senior faculty to dilute the issue, flagged by the female medico. Interestingly, the female doctor’s complaint dated July 9, 20022 was kept in record and on July 14 the Principal issued an order, reading, “A Committee of the following Senior faculty Members/officers is hereby constituted to enquire into the issues of Cardiology Unit-II which have been brought into the notice of the undersigned by Dr. Dharminder Kumar, Professor & HOU Cardiology Unit-II & Dr Shakti Sharma, DNB Cardiology student.
I. Dr. Meena Sidhu, HoD Blood Bank Member, 2. Dr. Vishal Tandon, Professor, Pharmacology Member Secretary, 3. Dr. Manoj Chalotra, Medical Superintendent, SSH.”
“The committee shall conduct the enquiry and submit its recommendations within a period of 05 days to the office of the undersigned, it added.”
On July 9, Dr. Shakti Sharma, working as DNB-SS resident in Unit-II Cardiology Department of the Super Specialty, Jammu complained to the Principal and Dean that she was undergoing mental harassment being caused by Dr. Dharmendra Kumar, Head of Unit -II Cardiology intentionally and willfully on one pretext or the another.
“I am not feeling comfortable in performing my duties under such unavoidable circumstances. It is also pertinent to mention here that abusive and harsh language is being used against me in front of patients and attendants which is causing intense mental agony to me. Due to such circumstances I am feeling insecure and suffocated and not able to work efficiently”, the complaint stated, requesting the Principal that she may be provided some other guide and her Ward and the Unit may be changed, enabling her to perform her duties properly and efficiently. She also sought ‘strict action against the concerned so that no other student faces similar treatment’
On July 14, 2022, the STATE TIMES exclusively reported that “A female medico lodges complaint of harassment against senior GMC doctor”.

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