NEW DELHI : The nursing superintendent of GB Pant Hospital has apologised for issuing a controversial circular that barred nursing staff from speaking in Malayalam on duty, saying he had “no intention to disrespect any Indian language, region, or religion”.
The hospital had withdrawn the circular, which asked the nursing staff to converse only in Hindi and English, on Sunday, saying it was issued “without any instruction or knowledge of the hospital administration and the Delhi government.”
In a letter to the medical director of the hospital on Monday, the nursing superintendent explained the reasons behind issuing the circular and said it was issued in “a positive sense and there was no bad intention against Malayalam-speaking staff”. “In fact, the circular was misinterpreted and I didn’t even get a chance to explain the same,” he said.
The official said he had acted on the basis of complaints received on May 31, June 1 and June 2. “The gist of the complaint was that most of the staff communicates in regional language due to which other staff members as well as attendants of the patients feel helpless. It was requested to sort out the matter Complainant clearly mentioned Malayalam language,” the letter by the nursing superintendent read. The new indian express