Three doctors from Solapur have been suspended for going on a loo break instead of being present in an ambulance which was part of Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's security entourage. Only the driver was present in the ambulance when Shinde travelled from his bungalow "Janawastlya" at Saat Rasta in Solapur to the railway station to board the Siddheshwar Express to Mumbai around 9.30pm on January 14.
When the minister's Z-plus entourage reached Solapur railway station, the policemen in the security convoy realised that the ambulance was empty and that the three doctors – Dr Pravin Jadhav (anesthesia), Dr Sachin Jadhav (general surgery) and Dr Anjali Shivpuje (medicine) – were missing.
The police officials then informed Dr Ashok Shinde, dean of Dr Vaishampayan Memorial government Medical College, about the incident. He conducted an inquiry and asked for a written explanation from the three doctors. Incidentally, all of them said they went to attend nature's call and hence, could not travel in the ambulance. Their reply was found to be unsatisfactory and all of them were placed under suspension on Friday.
Dr Shinde called it a serious case of negligence. "Who would have been responsible if some emergency had occurred? We had given enough time to the doctors to give an explanation, but it was unsatisfactory. Therefore, we suspended them and informed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research about this incident," he told dna.
As Union home minister, Shinde is entitled to Z-plus security. The protocol is that one ambulance with three doctors from different branches of the Government Medical College have to compulsorily be part of the security entourage.