Transfer of blue-eyed doctors and merit based appointment of health officers demanded
Srinagar: An amalgamation of doctor’s associations on Monday demanded the immediate transfer of blue-eyed doctors and administrators from choicest postings and said Jammu and Kashmir must have a ‘Comprehensive Health Policy’ to streamline healthcare services in the state.
“Healthcare of J&K is faced with many serious issues because there is no health policy for the state. Under such circumstances the blue-eyed doctors and administrators take people for a ride by managing choice postings,” Convener Jammu and Kashmir Doctors’ Coordination Committee (JKDCC), Dr Muhammad Yousuf Tak said addressing a press conference.
He said the Health Department had been appointing ‘ineligible’ and junior doctors on higher posts in absence of health policy.
“We have brought this issue in the notice of government many times. However, nothing concrete happened as people have been suffering. Now we are reiterating again so that things change for good,” Dr Tak said.
He said there should be rationalisation of posts by following proper transfer and promotion policy.
“The flawed system in Health Department has been tossing people from one hospital to another as there is a huge shortage of specialist doctors in the peripheral hospitals. Departmental promotion of Medical officer, Dental Surgeons and Consultants never happen at regular intervals,” Dr Tak said.
Spokesperson of JKDCC Dr Mir Mushtaq said that government should attach medical officers with each consultant so that they will be trained properly.
“Medical Officers can manage the patients who need specialized treatment in case Consultant remains busy with other patients on when consultant goes on leave. This will lessen the burden on rural doctors and improve the patient care in far-flung areas,” he said.
Dr Mushtaq also demanded that extra allowance should be given to doctors working in far-flung areas than working in cities.
“Infrastructure is also a problem in rural hospitals as doctors need separate rooms and hostel facility to stay in hospital in rural areas so that they don’t hesitate to go serve there,” he said.
“We demand that extra two-and-half day salary should be sanctioned for all doctors as is given to paramedical staff as doctors do not avail gazetted or non-gazetted holidays. Medical officers are put on night duties and consultants have to attend 24 x 7 call duties in various district and sub-district hospitals,” Dr Mushtaq said.
JKDCC also highlighted the burning issue of NEET center to be set up in Srinagar and removal of pay anomaly among doctors.
The meeting was attended by members of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Doctors Association Jammu (DAJ), Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD), Society of Dental Surgeons Jammu and Kashmir (SDSJK), Chenab Valley Doctors Association (CVDA), Resident Doctors Association (RDA), Srinagar and RDA Jammu and Private Practitioners Association.