Ex-Civil Surgeon appears before women panel

Had issued notice to Dr Navdeep Singh, others for violating privacy of a female patient on Nov 18

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 25

The Punjab State Commission for Women has started probe into the incident involving a video that was shot inside the operation theatre with senior health official and other gynaecologists conducting a C-section.

The commission had conducted an inquiry into the incident by summoning the department employees to Chandigarh on November 24. Sources said Dr Navdeep Singh, who was the Civil Surgeon then, along with other gynaecologists present in the operation theatre, appeared before the commission on Wednesday as well. They said the officials have again been summoned on Thursday.

The commission had on November 18 issued a show-cause notice to Dr Navdeep Singh and others for violating the privacy of a female patient. The department had on November 17, issued a press release along with a video and pictures to highlight the efforts of Dr Navdeep, who in addition to performing his administrative duties was performing clinical duties as well.

Normally, Civil Surgeon’s do not perform clinical duties. The purpose of the press note was to publicise the efforts of Dr Navdeep, who now has been transferred out by the department after the Women Commission took notice. The department had appointed Dr Rabinder Singh Sethi as the new Civil Surgeon two days ago. Dr Navdeep, himself a gynaecologist, had been frequently performing surgeries at the Civil Hospital prior to getting involved in the ongoing controversy.

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