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GMC forms committee to frame SOPs for referrals from peripheries

GMC forms committee to frame SOPs for referrals from peripheries
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Srinagar: While much has been talked about the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the Government Medical College (GMC) is now framing the same ‘afresh’ for referrals in GMC and Associated Hospitals from peripheries.

Insiders told ‘Kashmir Vision’ that a three member committee has been formed which has been tasked to frame the SOPs within two days. The move has come after the direction of Vijay Kumar, Advisor to the Governor Satya Pal Malik following the incident that occurred at LallaDed Hospital, Srinagar.

“A three-member committee has been formed, which has been asked to form the guidelines that will be treated as the SOPs, following the incident that occurred at LallaDed,” an official said.

While confirming the move, Principal GMC, DrSamia Rashid told this reporter that they are framing the SOPs for GMC and Associated Hospitals for referrals from peripheries.

“Yes, we are on the task, we are laying down the SOPs for GMC and Associated Hospitals in regard to the referrals from the peripheries,” she said.

When asked why there was a need to frame SOPs, as same was invoked in case of the Lalla Ded incident, on the basis of which the ‘accused’ doctor was suspended, Dr Samia said that these were already in place, “but we are framing these SOPs afresh,” she said.

Dr Samia said the framed SOPs will be submitted to the government on Thursday, while maintaining that the SOPs were already in place. “The new SOPs will be submitted to the government on Thursday,” she said.

Notably, a doctor was suspended after the incident that occurred at LD on Friday, on the basis of not following the SOPs, however, the framing of SOPs ‘afresh’ does raise eye-brows.

The internal inquiry committee that was set up by the Medical Superintendent (MS), LallaDed Hospital has blamed the doctor for not adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) by not admitting the patient. The report had stated that the doctor has treated the patient as per the protocol in concurrence with the Clinical assessment.

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