Srinagar: The State Human Right Commission (SHRC) has issued notices to Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Department as well as Director Health Services Kashmir regarding shortage of doctors and paramedics in hospitals and other government-run health centres in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Taking suo-moto cognizance of a media report, acting Chairperson of the SHRC Rafiq Fida has asked the officers to submit detailed factual reports in the matter while posting it for further consideration on May 5.
The media report had revealed that District Hospital, Sub-district Hospitals, Primary Health Centers and other health care units in the District face dearth of 25 specialist doctors and assistant surgeons against the sanctioned posts of 74.
Similarly, the report said, there are only 54 paramedics against a total of 118 sanctioned posts in various categories.
Sub-district Hospital Sopore faces dearth of nine specialist doctors against the sanctioned strength of 15 while it has only 19 assistant surgeons against 49 sanctioned posts. Besides, the report said, there are 85 posts of paramedical and non-paramedical staff lying vacant against 296 sanctioned posts.
“Proper health care system must assume a priority in a civilized society. Shortage of doctors and paramedical staff is a big compromise with the lives of patients who are being exposed to imminent medical threats and risks due to the unavailability of the services of specialist doctor(s), which directly affects the complete health care system in a hospital,” the human rights body said in its order, observing that it prima facie makes out a case of human rights violations.
“It attracts the provisions of human rights of a patient. The facts and figures, as reported in the news item, prima facie speak volumes about how far the health care units in North Kashmir face acute shortage of doctors, specialist doctors, and other paramedical staff and make out a case of human rights violations.”
The SHRC further observed that from one end, a rising number of youth including MBBS doctors are eagerly and industriously craving for jobs, on the other hand, health institutions face shortages of doctors.
“Such a situation is a challenge before the state government, lawmakers and the authorities at the helm of affairs who need to set in motion an immediate process of putting these unemployed youth and doctors to job and save our patients from dying due to the failure and fiasco of medical attention,” the Commission observed in its order.
The patients, Commission said, do not get proper medical attention and care because of which so many patients die.
“Certain faults and flaws in our hospitals and non-availability of doctors, specialists and surgeons is surely one among the many factors. Such a grim situation of shortage of doctors was also observed during the recent inspection of Lala Ded Hospital by the Commission.”