Lahore (April 4): Bureaucratic mindset extended even in lower staff of Punjab Govt. employees. PA to Addl. Secretary Health Punjab got AMS Punjab Dental Hospital (PDS) transferred over demanding identity upon his visit to hospital.
According to a sources in PDS, Mr. Masood, personal assistant to Addl. Secretary Health Punjab got furious when security personnel demanded identity card from him. Rather providing his identity he abused security staff and threatened them to face the music. They asked AMS Dr. Muhammad Shafique to intervene into the matter. Dr. Shafique tried to get Mr. Masood cool by convincing him that they are bound to check identity as per instructions of Health Department, communicated time to time. Mr. Masood continued abusing not only security staff but respected doctor also. The sources said that Mr. Masood even said that he is the law and authority, who dared to ask for identity will face consequences.
It is worth mentioning that PDS located at very important place, very near to Badshahi Masjid and Minar-e-Pakistan and falls under high security zone. Almost 2000 persons including doctors and staff visit the hospital daily and it becomes very important to check identity of every arriving individual for the security of staff and valued patients.
YDA President Dr. Usman Shakoor told that it is very unfortunate that public servants are not abiding the law. Instead of supporting security staff and hospital administration they themselves are threatening. No one arrives with his name and designation written on forehead so every individual should reveal his/her identity while arriving at hospital. We are facing threat alerts so all patients and their attendants must cooperate with security staff who are there to safeguard them. Transfer orders of Dr. Shafique are very much unfortunate and shows non-seriousness of Punjab Government and must be taken back. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmeen Rashid should intervene into the matter and justice be provided to Dr. Shafque who is the most senior doctor and currently on the verge of retirement.
He revealed that we are working with wearing black armbands but will stop working if justice not provided to their senior most and respected fellow Dr. Muhammad Shafique. He said rather Mr. Masood (PA) be transferred out of Lahore for quarreling and insulting security staff and AMS who is an experienced and senior grade 20 doctor.