A doctor in Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) allegedly refused to treat a Kashmiri patient and abused a Kashmiri woman and her son, “for throwing stones at security forces in the Valley and coming to Chandigarh for treatment”.
The patient – Nasreena Malik (55), a native of Srinagar, suffers from intracranial aneurysm (a blood vessel related condition in the brain) and had gone to PGI for consultation about a neurosurgical surgery.
According to an Indian Express report, the family claims that they left the hospital in a huff after the doctor’s misbehaviour and misinformation about cost of treatment.
Nasreena’s son Javaid has reportedly said that he doesn’t know who the doctor was and was fine until he saw the prescription cards of hospitals in Kashmir. He alleged that as soon as he saw Kashmir, he threw away the prescription cards.
“The nameplate outside the doctor’s room read Dr Manoj Tiwari,” added Javaid.
However, the doctor has reportedly denied the allegation and said that he wasn’t in the town that day. According to the PGIMER prescription card, the doctor advised angiography. Malik said he was informed that the treatment would cost Rs 15 lakh.
“Another patient said he got the same treatment done for only Rs 80,000. I decided to return to Kashmir because I cannot afford the treatment,” said Javaid.
“We have been treating thousands of patients from J&K and all the other states. Such an incident has never happened here. I shall get the matter investigated,” said Professor Jagat Ram, PGIMER Director.