Sumbal: A group of villagers staged protest demonstrations in north Kashmir’s Sumbal township on Tuesday after doctors and paramedical staff did not turn up at stipulated time to attend their duties.
The protesters blocked Sumbal-Srinagar highway forcing the local police to intervene. Several patients admitted in the Community Health Center also joined the protesters inside the premises of the medical facility.
The protesters alleged that none of the staff members including the doctors posted in the health facility turned up by 11 am. “The indoor and outdoor patients have been left at the mercy of God”, the patients told Kashmir Reader.
“I am waiting here since 9am to consult a doctor but no doctor is available. I am running out of patience”, Hajira, a local resident said.
“The doctors are busy in private clinics. The hospitals are not their priority,” she said.
Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Bashir Ahmad denied that doctors were not reporting to their workplace punctually. “All the doctors are reporting to their duties well in time. I regularly visit the hospitals in my jurisdiction and check the staff attendance. I have not found any one coming late,” he said and asked the protesters to approach him with concrete proof against any erring medical staff.
He said that all 11 posts in the Sumbal health facility are filled up and there is no dearth of staff.
Meanwhile, local police inspector pacified the protesters and assured them to take up the matter with concerned authorities.