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Discrepancies in Affidavits: Medical College Principal, Secretary MED told to appear in court

Discrepancies in Affidavits: Medical College Principal, Secretary MED told to appear in court

Allahabad: After detecting contradictions, the Allahabad High Court has summoned Principal Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Medical Education Department and Motilal Nehru Medical College Principal to explain the discrepancies in their affidavits on the functioning of the trauma centre in the medical college.

A bench of honourable Justices Sudhir Agarwal and Ajit Kumar summoned Principal Secretary Rajneesh Dubey and Medical College Principal Dr S P Singh; reports PTI.

Earlier, the bench had asked the authorities to file their affidavits on a lawsuit by State Native Sneh Lata Singh. It had been alleged in the lawsuit that the government hospitals running across the state were in pathetic conditions.

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While Dubey had stated in his affidavit that the trauma centre was fully functional in the medical college, Dr Singh had said it was not operational, though those referred to the medical college were getting due medical treatment.

The bench ordered the duo to appear before it on January 19 to explain the contradictions.

The bench Thursday also expressed displeasure over state Chief Secretary’s failure in filing a compliance report on the court’s March 2018 order, asking the state government to take various steps to improve the condition of government hospitals.

The court had asked the state government to fill up vacancies of medical, paramedical and other staffers in the government hospitals and have their functioning and accounts audited by Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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The court had asked the Chief Secretary to file a compliance report on its orders, but it was filed by the Medical and Health Department’s secretary instead.

The bench ordered the Chief Secretary to file the requisite compliance report in two weeks, failing which, it said, he will have to appear before it to explain his failure on the next date of hearing.

In its March 2018 order, the court had also directed the state’s Vigilance Director general to constitute special teams to find out who among the state’s medical officers were engaged in private practice or running private hospitals or nursing homes and register FIRs against them.

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Source: with agency inputs
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