SRINAGAR: Lecturers at the children’s hospital here haven’t been promoted by the government unlike their counterparts posted in other tertiary-care hospitals in Kashmir Valley.
As per the norms set by the Medical Council of India, doctors are to be promoted after every three years. But at the children’s hospital no promotional post has been created for the medicos appointed four years ago.
“I and three other lecturers were appointed in 2013. And, as per the guidelines, we would be eligible for promotion this year. But no promotional post has been created for us. We are stuck on a single post,” a lecturer at the hospital told Kashmir Reader, pleading anonymity.
“We have qualified the examination and were recruited by Public Service Commission, then why this discrepancy?” he asked.
Consequently, the doctors have been the only ones running the show in their respective departments.
“Our promotion would have created vacancies for more people, who could have joined at our places. That way, we would have more people running the departments.
“I cannot handle all the patients alone. I need assistance. If I receive a complicated case and need help of some senior doctor, I have no one to turn to. I am forced to call professors at the SMHS Hospital for help,” he said. In-charge medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan, termed the authorities’ approach as “injustice”.
“Denying them promotion to the doctors who have completed their tenure as lecturers is injustice,” he said.
“There is no growth in these departments. Full-fledged faculty is required to run these departments properly. And for that, creation of posts is the only alternative.”
Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Qaiser Ahmad, said, “We have taken up the matter with the higher authorities, asking them to create posts for these doctors.”