Srinagar: Administration of healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir is plagued with the policy of ad-hoc appointments, with nearly 100 medical officers and consultants posted as temporary administrators for several years, in violation of promotion and recruitment rules.
As per official records, most of the administrative posts including Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents of various hospitals, Block Medical Officers and Principals are being held by doctors on ad-hoc basis.
The Health Department has also filled various Head of Department (HoD) posts by appointing junior doctors, superseding their senior colleagues.
There are currently 20 Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) serving on ad-hoc basis. They oversee the administrative functioning of government hospitals in different districts.
The districts where CMOs are working on a temporary basis are Anantnag, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Kargil, Jammu, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Kuthua, Reasi and Samba. Only two districts, Srinagar and Leh, have CMOs appointed on permanent basis and after the due selection process.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that some of the ad-hoc officers have superseded seniors. “The health department has given these officials important positions in clear violation of administrative and recruitment norms. The department has also failed to recruit for fresh vacancies through the Public Service Commission (PSC),” the sources said.
A senior health official said that the charge given to ad-hoc officials was an internal arrangement to avoid the PSC selection process.
The ad-hoc functioning, sources said, had adversely affected health institutions, as the monitoring and implementation of healthcare services need a strong administrative set-up.
“The trend of ad-hocism is going on despite strict directions by the High Court against it,” sources said.
Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Asiea Naqash, said: “These issues will be covered under a new policy which is expected to come in the next assembly session.”
As per the latest official report (September 6, 2017), there is a huge list of doctors who are holding administrative charge on ad-hoc-basis. These doctors are: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, In-Charge (I/C) BMO Zachaldara, Dr. Firdous Ahmad, I/C BMO in Tehsil Sogam, Dr Osmani Sauida Bashir I/C MS Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Masrat Iqbal I/C BMO Bandipora, Dr. Ab. Rashid Shan I/C MS SDH Dooru, Dr. Samina Mufti I/C MS Ganderbal, Dr. Anjum Afshan Qadri I/C DHO Srinagar, Dr. Narinder Singh Bhatial I/C Med Supdtt DH, Dr. Mehmooda Jan Trali I/C BMO Soibugh, Dr. Kanwar Jeet Singh I/C MS GB Pant Hospital, Dr. Kausar Amin I/C BMO Chatergam, Dr. Zahoor Ahmed Malik I/C BMO Ganderbal, Dr. Halim Pandit I/C BMO Boniyar, Dr. Neeta Singh I/C MS Rajiv Gandhi Hospital Jammu, Dr. M. Ibrahim Khan I/C Dy. CMO Kargil), Dr. Mehrajdin Sofi I/C Dy. CMO Ganderbal, Dr. Fazal Ali Kochak I/C CMO Anantnag, Dr. Javeed Qazi I/C MS TH Kangan, Dr. Gh.Mohd.Bhat I/C Dy M.S. MCH, Dr. Gh.Mohd.Bhat I/C Dy M.S. MCH Anantnag, Dr. Rukhsana Khan I/C Dy. M.S MMC, Dr. Gobinder Singh Mehta I/C BMO Tral, Dr. Nadim Nazeer I/C Dy MS JLNM, Dr. Nishat Shaheen I/C MS Gousia Hospital Sgr, Dr. Rauf Bhat I/C MS DH Handwara, Dr. Jaffar Akhoon I/C CMO Kargil, Dr. Roshandin Kasana I/C M.S. Kulgam, Dr. Mohd Shafi Darzi I/C CMO Kulgam, Dr. Mortup Dorjey I/C MS Leh, Dr. Talat Jabeen Gani I/C CMO Pulwama, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo I/C CMO Baramulla, Dr. Syed Manzoor Qadri I/C Principal RIH&FW Dobiwan, Dr. Nazeer Ahmed Bhat I/C MS Shopian, Dr. Zakir Hussain Khan I/C CMO Kupwara, Dr. Ab Rashid Najar I/C CMO Shopian, Dr. Gh. Mohd Dar I/C CMO Budgam, Dr. Mumtaz Bhati I/C MS DH Poonch, Dr. Abdul Majeed Malik I/C MS Kishtwar, Dr Madhuri Gupta Salathia I/C Medical Supdtt. Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Dr. V.P. Sharma MD Gynae I/C Dy. Dir. (Sch) Health Serv. Jmu, Dr. Sham Parsad Gupta I/C ADMO Labour, Dr. Kiran Katal I/C AD R-I-S Jammu, Dr. Arun Kohli I/C AD (Sch), Jammu, Dr. Robinder Khajuria I/C CMO Jammu, Dr. Gurmeet Kour Multani I/C AD FW, Jammu, Dr. Saroj Kotwal MBBS I/C DNO Jammu, Dr. Showket Lalu I/C Assistant Director Kashmir, Dr. Kulbushan I/C CMO Doda, Dr. Renu Sharma I/C MS Govt. Hospital Sarwal, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Peerrzada I/C CMO Ganderbal, Dr. Niaz Ahmad I/C CMO Poonch, Dr. Mohammed Younis I/C CMO Rajouri, Dr. Mohd Anwar Bhat I/C CMO Ramban), Dr. Chander Parkash I/C CMO Udhampur, Dr. Bilquees Akhter I/C CMO Bandipora, Dr. Devinder Singh I/C CMO Kishtwar, Dr. Zahida Parveen I/C Principal RFPTC Kangan, Dr. Ghulam Ahmad Wani I/C Asstt Director (RS) Kashmir, Dr. Raj Kumar Sangra I/C CMO Kathua, Dr. Sharda Parihar I/C AD HEB, Jammu, Dr. A.S. Salathia I/C Principal RIHFW, Nagrota, Dr. Saif-ud-Khan I/C M.S. DH Ramban, Dr. Mehmooda Kar I/C ADHS Kashmir, Dr. Yangchan Dolma I/C ADHS (FW) Sgr ST, Dr. Parminder Singh I/C MS DH Rajouri, Dr. Lachman Dass I/C CMO Reasi, Dr. Seema Gupta I/C CMO Samba, and Dr. Sangeeta Choudhary I/C M.S. DH Kathua.