Rawalpindi - The high-ups of district health department have come up with a unique idea with asking the doctors, whose alleged negligence forced a lady to give birth to a baby in the corridor of a government-run hospital in Gujar Khan to deposit half of their salaries with executive district officer (health) if they want to save their skin from a legal action.

The money would be paid to the victim family to shut its mouth and refrain it from demanding justice since district coordination officer (DCO) Rawalpindi had ordered am inquiry into the blunder which created unrest in the ranks of Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital Gujar Khan as well as EDO (health) office, sources confided to The Nation on Friday.

A pregnant woman, namely Amrat Bibi, was taken to THQ Gujar Khan last month with labour pain but the doctors refused to handle the delivery case in the labour room and referred her to Rawalpindi for the purpose. As a result, the lady gave birth to a baby child in the corridor of the hospital.

According to sources, a meeting was convened in the THQ Hospital in the chair of EDO (Health) Dr Khalid Randhawa. In the meeting, the EDO instead of fixing the responsibility presented an idea before the hospital administration of depositing their half of salaries with his office.

“The money will be paid to the lady and her family to get rid of them,” sources quoted the EDO as saying. Sources added that the EDO has been showing huge negligence in solving the case of heinous nature apparently some political pressure.

Talking to The Nation, Waseem, the husband of victim lady, confirmed that he was offered a handsome amount by the hospital administration for taking back his complaint lodged against the doctors. He said, “I will not accept money and will pursue the case come what may.” The EDO is on a mission to save the accused doctors and is making delay in punishing them, he said in chocked voice. EDO Dr Khalid Randhawa, however, when contacted, said that the inquiry would be completed by Monday.

When asked if he has offered doctors to give their half salaries to the parents to avoid legal action, the EDO replied, “I can’t comment over it. One should not open mouth until things are in black and white.”

Replying to another query, Dr Khalid Randhawa said those found responsible in inquiry report would have to face the music and no excuse would be accepted from any quarter in this regard. On the other hand, sources in DCO Office said that the district government is not taking the matter seriously. This could be judged from the fact that at first the assistant commissioner Gujar Khan was assigned the task to hold inquiry and submit report within four days but later the EDO was ordered to probe the case.