Her son Javaid Malik told Rising Kashmir that a doctor at PGI (Dr Manoj Tiwari) told them “Vaha Kashmir me humara jawanu ko pathar mar tai ho aur phir yaha ilaj karna aate ho (You pelt stones on force personnel there in Valley and then come here for treatment)”.
He said the doctor did not treat her mother properly.
“He (Dr Tiwari) was very responsive to us till he didn’t see the prescription of SKIMS Medical College. Once he came to know that we are from Kashmir, he got angry and threw the papers,” Malik said.
He said though he didn’t directly tell them to leave the hospital but made them to leave by demanding Rs 15 lakh for the treatment, which was too high a cost for the treatment.
A doctor in Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) allegedly threw the Hippocratic Oath out of the window and abused a Kashmiri woman and her son, ticking them off for throwing stones at security forces in the Valley and coming to Chandigarh for treatment.
Nasreena Malik (55), a native of Srinagar, suffers from intracranial aneurysm (a blood vessel related condition in the brain) and had gone to PGI for consultation about a neurosurgical surgery, according to her family. The family said that they left the hospital in a huff after the doctor’s misbehaviour and misinformation about cost of treatment.
The incident happened on Thursday. Nasreena’s son Javaid Malik told Hindustan Times that the nameplate outside the doctor’s cabin read “Dr Manoj Tiwari”, although Javaid says he is not sure if the doctor who misbehaved was Dr Tiwari or not.
“As we entered the cabin, he talked to us in a civilised way and started his check up. Then he asked for the case history of the patient. The moment I showed him previous documents from Srinagar’s SKIMS Hospital and he got to know that we are Kashmiris, his attitude changed. He just got angry and threw away the documents and said that ‘Vaha Kashmir me humara jawano ko patthar mar te ho aur phir yahan ilaj ke liye aate ho’ (“you people pelt stones on security personnel in Kashmir and come here for treatment”), Javaid said.
Javaid who is a shopkeeper in Srinagar, added that the doctor said the surgery would cost Rs 15 lakh while other patients with similar ailment told him that it should cost a maximum of Rs 80,000, including medicines and other expenses. The doctor also suggested they should go to AIIMS in Delhi, he said.
“Due to such behaviour and misinformation, I left PGI with my mother that evening itself. Now we are considering going to Delhi for treatment,” Javaid said.
Neither Nasreena nor Javaid lodged a complaint with the hospital.
The PGI has denied Kashmiri patients are discriminated against.