Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Sunday expressed dismay after the authorities disallowed the protest of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff against the ‘repeated attacks’ on medicos here.
According to the statement issued here, DAK President, Dr Nisar ul Hassan said, “It was unfortunate that we were not allowed to protest against the repeated attacks on medicos.”
Notably, the DAK were scheduled to hold a protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave today against what they termed as ‘the increased incidences of violence on medical staff that have reached to epidemic proportions’.
“There are regular attacks on medical staff during the course of their duty and there is no safe work environment in hospitals. Hospital staff is being humiliated, harassed and even physically assaulted which is simply not acceptable,” he said.
He said that there seems to be no end to this mad pattern of atrocities against medical personnel which has become a routine. “Hospital authorities have failed to create a supportive environment for doctors and paramedics to work effectively. The atrocious attitude towards medicos has forced many doctors to migrate. The fear of aggression affects the performance of health care providers and compromises the quality of patient care,” DAJK president said.
He also said that a fearful mind or trembling hand can never give efficient service to the patient. “Doctors put in their blood and sweat to save lives in extremely difficult conditions and instead of appreciation they get thrashing. Under the prevailing conditions doctors risk their own lives to reach hospitals and save sick and wounded. It is quite unfortunate that for system failure doctors are blamed and victimized which is preposterous,” he said.
He said that people must understand that a doctor can only promise standard and committed care; he or she cannot always ensure a cure, which in situations is beyond his or her control.