Kolkata: The surprise visit by the West Bengal Chief Minister to a state-run hospital on Thursday turned sour after the objection raised by its head, who was later suspended for opposing the presence of the media which followed her in.

State-run Bangur Institute of Neurology Director S P Gorai was suspended on the charge of non-cooperation and indecent behaviour, state secretariat sources said.

Pointing to the crowd which included mediapersons, Gorai said "if everybody comes into the hospital like this, it creates problems."

Banerjee retorted "no one has called the media. Are you facing difficulties because we have come? What is your problem?

After the sharp exchange, Banerjee asked the Director to meet her at the secretariat on Friday but Gorai replied that he would be unable to do so as he had some operations to perform.

At this, Banerjee left the hospital after instructing Gorai to meet her after the operations.

Secretariat sources said Gorai also did not attend a meeting of all principals and superintendents of state-run medical colleges and hospitals in the evening summoned by the Chief Minister.

"Garai was suspended for non-cooperation and indecent behaviour with the Chief Minister when she visited the institute to see the state of affairs there," the sources said.

Earlier, Banerjee, while driving to the office at the Writer' Buildings, suddenly headed for the hospital. A crowd soon gathered and some hospital officials accompanied Banerjee as she went around the premises taking note of the work that needed to be done by the PWD and other agencies at the hospital.


(Agencies)