Rampur docs fear neta, seek transfer

Uttar Pradesh health officials found themselves in a piquant situation when a large number of doctors at the district hospital in Rampur sought their transfer expressing their inability to continue to work under ‘perpetual fear’.

As many as 21 doctors have written to the health authorities asking them to transfer them in any district other than Rampur.

According to sources, doctors have told the officials that the atmosphere in the hospital was not at all friendly and they feared being ‘humiliated’ by the Samajwadi Party leaders, who enjoyed the patronage of the firebrand SP leader and minister Azam Khan.

Khan, whose Assembly constituency is Rampur, regularly visited the district hospital and admonished the doctors for ‘poor facilities’ there.

Humiliated

“Whenever the minister pays a visit, he humiliates us,” a doctor said, adding that they were not responsible for the lack of facilities at the hospital.

Khan, who is also the general secretary of the party, had recently termed principal secretary, health, Praveer Kumar as ‘anti-Muslim’ and demanded action against him.
The minister’s outburst against the official came during a function in Rampur a couple of days ago after he paid a visit to the district hospital and expressed serious resentment over lack of facilities there.

“Kumar is the same person against whom I had taken action and who I had removed from my department as he is anti-Muslim. Now he (official) wants to ruin the district hospital in Rampur,” Khan had reportedly said.

A doctor at the district hospital was also recently ‘humiliated’ by a local SP leader who was close to Khan.

The health officials are trying to persuade the doctors to withdraw their demand but they continued to insist on it, sources said.

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