The Madhya Pradesh High Court has recently disposed of a PIL seeking a direction to the respondent authorities to post doctors of various specializations in District Hospital, Umaria and keep all the posts fulfilled.
The PIL has been filed by the petitioners Shambhulal Khattar and Gopal Kumar Vaswani. The grievance of the petitioners is that there are 49 posts of various doctors pertaining to various specialties in the District Hospital Umaria. Only 16 doctors were posted in the District Umaria and the hospital, which needed 49 doctors, was functioning with the skeletal infrastructure of 16 doctors only to cater the health needs of the general public.
By the recent order dated August 31, 2021, four doctors pertaining to the field of Radiology, Anesthesia, Pediatric and General Surgery have been transferred to various hospitals of other Districts. The transfer of four doctors would adversely affect the medical facilities in the District Hospital, Umaria. These doctors have been transferred without posting the other doctors in the District Hospital Umaria , Ashok Lalwani, Counsel for the Petitioners added.
Pushpendra Yadav, Additional Advocate General for the respondents/State submitted that the Petitioners may submit a representation in this regard and the competent authority will consider the representation of the petitioners to fill up all the posts of Specialist in Radiology, Anesthesia, Pediatric and General Surgery so that at least 16 Doctors are posted in the District Hospital Umaria.
In view of the submissions, the Jabalpur Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla disposed of the PIL with a direction to the petitioners to submit a representation to the Principal Secretary, Department of Health, Vallabh Bhawan, Bhopal highlighting their grievance and the Principal Secretary shall consider and decide the said representation by posting four doctors specialized in Radiology, Anesthesia, Pediatric and General Surgery in the District Hospital, Umaria so that out of 49 doctors, at least 16 doctors are posted in the District Hospital, Umaria, ordered the Bench.