In a sudden move, the Commandant of the Base Hospital Delhi cantonment, has been transferred as ‘Additional Officer’ to Army Hospital (Research and Referral), in Delhi itself.
The switch of Major General Vasu Vardhan has been ordered on May 10 by the Directorate General of Medical Services (Army). The posting orders accessed by The Indian Express state that Major General SK Singh, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor of Army Medical Corps Centre and College, Lucknow has been posted to the Base Hospital instead of Major General Vardhan.
The move has raised eyebrows inside the Army circles as Major General Vardhan was imagined to retire inside just a few months. Under regular circumstances officers who’re because of retire shortly usually are not posted out from their appointments.
An Army spokesperson, nevertheless, termed the switch as routine. “The current Commandant has completed a tenure of more than 18 months in his current appointment. It is a routine posting carried out as part of a larger plan of HR management within the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS),” the officer mentioned.
However, senior officers inside the Army Medical Corps have confided that this switch is something however routine and that there’s extra to the episode than is being revealed. Incidentally, the bottom Hospital was on Wednesday visited by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Bipin Rawat who additionally visited the DRDO Covid facility arrange near Palam.
Based Hospital Delhi Cantonment had been within the information just a few weeks again when a retired Brigadier affected by Covid signs was turned away because of lack of beds and he died whereas being taken to a hospital in Mohali, near Chandigarh. There was outrage among the many veterans following this and a retired Lt General lately wrote a letter to the CDS complaining concerning the Base Hospital and bringing to his discover the deaths of some retired officers alleging that the veterans and their dependents weren’t being taken care of adequately.
However, there have additionally been messages circulating on social media highlighting that Major General Vardhan lately misplaced his mom in one other metropolis to Covid however he continued to carry out his duties on the Base Hospital. There have been a number of messages in assist for the officer which have been tweeted by retired army officers appreciating his dedication to work.
Former Northern and Central Army Commander, Lt Gen HS Panag (retd), tweeted, “More to it than meets the eye. If you cannot make the upright bend, then you get them out of the way.”