RTI application seeking history of medical treatment of spouse
The applicant sought information in respect of the admission of his wife in the emergency section including whether her condition was critical at the time of admission in emergency section or not and the information related to doctors who had treated his wife. The Public Information Officer (PIO) replied that as per the casualty/NRCH record no such patient was admitted in CH/NDLS and requested the applicant to send the photocopy of the discharge slip so the required information can be provided. The applicant filed an appeal claiming that the information provided was misleading. The First Appellate Authority directed the PIO to provide point wise information along with supporting documents.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondents submitted that after the appellant had provided a copy of the discharge slip. On perusing the same they had noted that the appellant’s wife had been admitted through OPD. The required information was then retrieved from OPD and a copy of the entire case file was provided to the appellant. The appellant stated that he was not able to decipher the signatures of doctors in the case file. The respondents stated that the appellant had filed another RTI Application seeking details of names and designations of doctors who had treated his wife and all the required details were provided to him. The appellant denied receipt of an exhaustive list of all the doctors who had attended the patient (Appellant’s wife) at any point of time in ward as per the FAA orders.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to send the information prepared by HOD Surgery and Chief Physician to the appellant once again. Taking note of the feeling of the appellant that information is being withheld from him deliberately, the CIC directed the PIO to furnish an affidavit to the Commission with a copy to the appellant affirming his position that there is no further information available for disclosure apart from what has already been supplied to the appellant along with a set of information already provided.
Citation: Mr. Narendra Kumar Saiger v. Northern Railway Headquarters in File No CIC/AD/A/2012/000832
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/568
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