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Mischievous elements maligning image of Jammu GMC: MS

Jammu, Aug 28 (KINS ) Alleging that mischievous elements and fake media is trying to malign the image of Jammu Government Medical College and Hospital, a senior doctor has dashed a letter to the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

In a letter (accessed by UNI) written by the Medical Superintendent, Jammu GMC, A D Manhas to the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer said that attempt is being made by some mischievous elements to malign the working of GMC Jammu and lure patients to Hospitals outside UT of J&K through Private Ambulances.

“During the peak of Covid first and second wave few mischievous elements circulated videos on various social media platforms that medical facilities in the Govt Medical College Hospital Jammu are inadequate and doctors are not taking interest in treatment of patients and an atmosphere of fear and mistrust was created among general public,” the letter read.

Dr Manhas said that patients started seeking treatment outside the UT in Private Hospitals and were shifted by Private Ambulances to Hospitals in the neighbouring state at exorbitant rates and these Hospitals were charging patients beyond the reach of common man while everything was free in GMCH, Jammu.

“After few days the patients and their attendants would suffer huge economic burden and they would sometimes also, loose their patients to Covid or return back to GMC, Jammu as they could not afford the treatment costs of Private Hospitals,” read the letter.

He had alleged that this type of situation suited some mischievous elements who had vested interests as they were getting hefty commission from these Private Hospitals and Ambulance Operators.

“Few media persons were daily uploading videos with fake news or blowing petty incidents out of proportion with comments/views of persons posing as social workers,” it read.

The letter read that the Hospital Administration has many times written against these persons to Police Authorities but no action has been taken against these so called journalists or social workers till date.

“There is apprehension that these mischievous elements if not restrained, may again resort to such unfair practices to fleece the gullible public in league with Private Ambulance Operators and Private Hospitals during the ensuing third wave of Covid-19 Pandemic,” it read.

The Medical Superintendent has also attached the copies of letter cum complaints lodged against a section of media for allegedly maligning image of health department. ( SOURCE UNI)


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