Doctors to hold one-hour strike today against DAK president’s suspension

Srinagar: Doctors in the Valley hospitals will abstain from work on Friday for an hour to protest the suspension of president Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK), Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan.
A DAK spokesman said routine work in the hospitals would be suspended from 10 am to 11 am to protest the “unjustified suspension” of Dr Nisar. “We are forced to take this drastic step due to the callous and insensitive attitude of government. The impact of this step on patient care will lie on the government as they forced us to take this step,” the spokesman said in a statement Thursday.
The spokesman said that doctors and paramedics will stage protests during the striking hour against the suspension order.
Terming the ‘stubborn attitude’ of government as unfortunate, the spokesman said that indifferent approach of government towards public anger on Dr Nisar’s suspension is painful. The spokesman said the “nation was up in arms against the suspension of Dr Nisar but the government was turning a deaf ear to it.”
“Medical fraternity, civil societies, socio-political organizations are chest beating to revoke suspension of Dr Nisar, but the government is not paying any heed to it. Poor patients in SMHS Hospital are suffering because of suspension of Dr Nisar,” the spokesman said.
“Every heart bleeds, but it seems as if government has no conscience and is not bothered (over) public sufferings,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) Thursday urged the government to revoke the suspension order of DAK president.
“KUTA feels that it would be in the fitness of things to revoke the unjustified order, which seems to be taken in haste. Given the vast amount of contribution by the doctors towards the people of Kashmir, the KUTA makes a fervent appeal for the revocation of suspension order,” a KUTA spokesman said.