Vanishing of vital documents

Benazir Bhutto Hospital admin unable to trace culprits.


Mudassir Raja July 26, 2011

RAWALPINDI:


The administration of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) has so far been unable to establish the exact number of official files and documents that went missing from the hospital. Some documents were recovered last Saturday from a junk trader in Kartarpura area.


A three-member committee, headed by the hospital’s medical superintendent (MS) Dr Zaman Khan Niazi, with two deputy medical superintendents as its members, is said to be busy in digging out how the official record went out of the hospital.

An official in the hospital administration told The Express Tribune that the committee was formed soon after 200kg documents — mostly files of the serving doctors and other staff as well as medical records of the patients — were recovered by the Waris Khan police from a shop dealing in waste paper and material and handed them over to the MS.

On Thursday last the MS reported the matter to the area police and a search was launched.

“Apparently it seems that the lower staff of the hospital might have sold the documents, which they thought were not of any use,” said the official. He, however, said the situation would be clear after the inquiry team concluded its work.

Rawalpindi Medical College Principal Dr Afzal Farooqi had stated that strict action would be taken against those found responsible for the negligence.

Dr Niazi was not available for comment.

Another inquiry team at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) is busy probing the matter where 10 official registers went missing from the operation theatre of the hospital.

The committee led by Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Pervaiz Malik is working to fix the responsibility for the disappearance of the registers containing the official record of all operations carried out in 2005. The files contain the details of the patients, their illnesses and the doctors who attended the patients.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2011.

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