So-called rape incident in Services Hospital baseless: Dr.Yasmin

So-called rape incident in Services Hospital baseless: Dr.Yasmin
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LAHORE:Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid has said that so-called rape incident during operation at Services Hospital last week had been proved baseless in forensic report.

She was briefing media on facts about the incident during a press conference at Services Institute (SIMS) here.

"Baseless allegation leveled by a female patient damaged the repute of the medical profession", she regretted.

She said that without production of medico legal report and evidence, registering an FIR was misuse of power by the

SHO.

She said that departmental action should be taken against the SHO Police Station Shadman for non-compliance of SOPs.

She said that he should knew that no case could be registered against any doctor without permission of Punjab Healthcare Commission.

She said, in case, if such incident happened in the premises of any hospital, she would be the first person to take stern action against the accused.

Sharing a forensic report to media persons, she expressed her pleasure on vindication of medical staff of Services Hospital .

However, she urged the media for authentic reporting as only an FIR was not sufficient to prove someone guilty.

"News regarding so called rape also highlighted in the international media defaming Pakistan worldwide," she regretted.

She said that it became source of embarrassment for Pakistani medical community as well.

The minister announced that health department was going to appoint focal persons in all major hospitals to avoid any misconception in future.

She wondered that woman who leveled allegation went straight to Shaikh Zayed Hospital after getting discharged from Services Hospital , got empty ticket from the reception then left the hospital without any medical checkup only to lodge an FIR on empty ticket.

She said, "Each Hospital have mechanism of complaints cell, besides that 24/7 helpline of Health department was also available to look into such complaints but the said woman did not contact any quarter and preferred to contact with Police".

"She was either suffering from household mental pressure or a patient of attention seeking syndrome," said the Minister.

She also said that each operation theater was staffed around 6 to 7 persons and it was not possible to think about

any wrong doing in the presence of such number of people.

She praised positive reaction from doctor community and told that she remained in contact with medical organizations.

"We have to work together for strengthening of health sector. If you see crowd in public health facilities then be assure that job was being rightly done in the hospitals,"she said.

During the media briefing, representatives of young doctors thanked the Health Minister and assured their support for

initiatives taken by Health department.

Principal SIMS Prof. Ayaz Mehmood and MS Services Hospital were also present during the media briefing.

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