SRINAGAR: Both factions of Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday condemned the thrashing of a doctor of SMHS hospital, Dr. Ovais Wani, allegedly by police.
DAK led by Dr Nisar ul Hassan said “this act of hooliganism against medical staff while discharging his professional duties is unacceptable”.
In a statement, Dr Nisar said the doctor was attacked when he was attending critically-ill patients in MICU including the cop’s mother. “It is shocking to see doctors being beaten while trying to save emergency patients. Doctors put in their blood and sweat to save lives in extremely difficult conditions and instead of appreciation get thrashing,” he said.
“These episodes have become a routine and it is difficult for doctors to work in such hostile conditions. This mad pattern of atrocities against medical staff has generated fear and anxiety among health care workers.”
He said such “atrocious” attitude towards doctors has forced many to migrate and this is the main reason of brain drain. Hospital authorities have failed to ensure safety and security of doctors and staff,” Dr Nisar said.
DAK led by Dr G M Mir while condemning the “unruly behaviour” of a policeman termed it “barbaric”.
“It is pathetic that the health personnel have to face such inhuman behavior whereas they give their heart out in serving the patients. Such incidents not only demoralise the entire medical fraternity but they also lose faith in the system as the erring persons always go scot free without going through any due punishment,” he said.
A delegation of DAK headed by its spokesperson Dr Mir Mushtaq visited SMHS Hospital to express solidarity with the victim.
The Association impressed upon the chief minister and health minister to intervene in the matter so that such incidents do not happen in future.
It also stressed upon authorities for bringing an ordinance wherein manhandling of any health personnel or damage to hospital infrastructure or equipment becomes a cognisable offence.
The Association also demanded the culprit be booked as per law saying any delay in this regard will result in a state wide agitation by the medical fraternity.