Srinagar: With senior doctors of Kashmir hospitals enjoying winter holidays, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday said that absence of doctors in tertiary care hospitals, at a difficult time of the year, is adding to the woes of patients.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that holidays of doctors are compounding the miseries of patients.
Winter vacation of doctors has severely affected the healthcare system and patients bear the brunt, he said adding winter brings more patients to hospitals and they are left uncared as doctors are holidaying.
“It is ironical that doctors are allowed to go en masse at a time when their services are needed most,” Dr Nisar said.
He said that out of 162 faculty members at SKIMS hospital, half goes on vacation in January and the other half goes in February.
At GMC and associated hospitals, the faculty strength of 234 suddenly falls to half during winter.
“We fail to understand, how a number that is already inadequate will suffice when it is reduced to half,” Dr Nisar said.