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UP medical officer defends sweeper treating patient


Smriti Advani,CNN-IBN
Jul 10, 2012 at 02:00pm IST

Bulandshahr: The Chief Medical Superintendent of the Bulandshahr government hospital has defended the action saying that no janitor or sweeper administered injections as reported by the media.

The hospital CMS Shishir Kumar said, "The person in the footage is an Operation Theatre assistant and it is a part of his job to help out with this under the doctor's supervision."

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He defended the incident saying that it was a case of emergency and the whole manpower had to be brought into action. "The main priority was to save lives as 11 critical patients were brought in one go after an accident," he said.

Class 4 employees were caught on camera performing the duties of doctors at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh.

The hospital has 23 trained doctors but a sweeper was caught giving stitches to a patient. The video also showed a ward boy administering tetanus shots to another patient.

What's more shocking is that all this took place under the watch of the Hospital Chief Medical Officer. District health officials claim that the staff seen in the video are Operation Theatre attendants and not janitors.

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hasan ordered a probe into the incident.

Chief Medical Officer SHS Danu said, "Sometimes there is a situation when there is nobody to attend to the patients, so they sometimes help with the distribution of medicines. I don't know whether sweepers give stitches to patients."

The incident raises certain big questions:

- Why didn't anyone stop the sweeper from treating the patient?

- Why was the Chief Medical Superintendent watching the sweeper play a doctor?

- How was a sweeper allowed to be present during treatment on the operation theatre?

- Where were the doctors when the sweeper was treating the patients?

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