New Delhi: The Hindu Rao Hospital, which comes under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, has terminated the services of an orthopaedic surgeon who had raised the issue of there being a shortage of “proper equipment and masks” at the hospital for staff despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
An order terminating his service was issued by the medical superintendent and it accused him of “bringing disrepute to the institution.”
It was a month ago, on March 16, that a showcause notice was issued to Dr Piyush Singh by the medical superintendent of the hospital in which it was stated that he had “uploaded a video of the orthopaedic emergency ward of the Hindu Rao Hospital at 4:29 pm on 14.3.2010 on Facebook along with derogatory statements.”
The notice further stated, “You have bypassed the channels available to you for addressing your grievance and directly recorded to social media, which is objectionable (sic).”
Further the notice had asked Singh to “explain within 24 hours” why he should not be terminated from DNB court for not notifying the grievance either to his guide, or the head of department, the DNB coordinator, the DNB grievance cell or administration before taking to social media.
After a lapse of nearly a month, a subsequent office order was issued by the medical superintendent on April 15. It stated that “as per director of DHA/North DMC, Dr Piyush Pushkar Singh, DNB student in Orthopaedics Department in Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi is terminated from his services with immediate effect for bringing disrepute to the institution.”
Earlier, Singh had pleaded innocence while responding to a tweet by a health journalist, who had stated that he was “fired” for “sharing a video of water dripping on a patient’s bed – thereby bringing ‘disrepute’ to the hospital” and that he was also being “accused of stealing masks and kits, etc.” and “for taking a donation of kits and distributing it to doctors”.
In his comments, he said that he had not stolen anything and that action was initiated despite him cooperating with the hospital administration.
Mam whom I cheated , from whom I stole ..the shield were given to us …I have everything with me..we resident cooperating with administration and this is return which we are getting…yesterday mam result aya so I was shocked and not picking any call..mam
— Dr.Piyush Singh (@PiyushS79920877) April 16, 2020
Singh’s Twitter posts show he has been vocal on issues pertaining to facilities for doctors. He has also been using social media to spread awareness about COVID-19. In a post on March 20, he appealed to people to stay at home and not listen to rumours.
Folks AM at work for you , you please stay at home.
Support us to control the infection @ stage 2 only your cooperation can let us achieve our goal.
Don’t panic and don’t listen to rumors,
OUR PM IS LEADING US AND WE SHOULD RESPECT HIM NOT CRITICIZE HIM. @narendramodi @PMOIndia
— Dr.Piyush Singh (@PiyushS79920877) March 20, 2020
On March 27, after the lockdown had begun, he had put out another post to point out that there was shortage of “proper equipment and masks” for the staff at the hospital.
Appreciate your efforts sir …but even our resident are deprived of proper equipment and mask..in MCD HOSPITAL HINDU RAO.IF WE ARE UNSAFE , HOW WE WILL HELP OUR PEOPLE??..PLEASE DO HELP US…ALWAYS HINDU RAO DOCTOR SUFFER B/W MCD N DELHI GOV BLAMING Game @SatyendarJain @ABPNews https://t.co/3xQSYw6MVF
— Dr.Piyush Singh (@PiyushS79920877) March 27, 2020
The Wire tried to contact Singh for his views but his phone was not reachable. We will update the story with his views as an when they are received.