New Delhi, August 13: In yet another dramatic development, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday refused to accept the suspension of Rajiv Mishra, Principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur over alleged negligence. Rajiv Mishra is accused of not keeping in sufficient stock of oxygen cylinders resulting in the death of more than 70 infants. Dr K K Aggarwal, president of IMA said that the administration needs to investigate the role of other stakeholders in the tragedy and the principal was made scapegoat in the whole fiasco.

Dr Agarwal said that a legislation should be introduced to prohibit the delayed payment in the health sector. “The suspension of only the principal is completely wrong. It’s an administrative failure. Everyone should be held accountable. If you’re suspending him, then suspend the local admin too and ban the company,” Dr Agarwal said to news agency ANI.

The IMA president further added, “The first resolution is that the community and medical fraternity needs to know the reason of deaths if it is due to disruption of oxygen. Secondly, the suspension of only the principal is outrightly wrong. Third and last, the practice of delaying payments in the healthcare sector should be prohibited.”

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who visited the hospital on Sunday broke down while he was addressing media over the BDR hospital where many children have died due to the alleged lack of oxygen. “The supplier wrote a letter to the Principal on August 1 which was sent to the DG Medical Education on August 4 and the money was released on August 5. The money was released

“The supplier wrote a letter to the Principal on August 1 which was sent to the DG Medical Education on August 4 and the money was released on August 5. The money was released on proper time. When the money released by the Medical Education administration has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minister or the Principal? It was the careless behaviour of Principal towards his duty,” Adityanath said while addressing the media.

(With inputs from PTI)