Kulgam: Two doctors who were to take charge of new units set up at District Hospital Kulgam have been transferred to primary health centres (PHCs), leaving the new units in a lurch. Officials say that the transfers have been done under political influence to give the doctors postings closer to their homes.
The doctors were working for the central government’s National Health Mission (NHM) and the transfers have been ordered by Director NHM, Mohan Singh.
According to sources in the health department, doctors meant to handle the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) and the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) established at Kulgam district hospital have been transferred without a care for the functioning of these units.
The units, as per the hospital administration, are ready and will be functional within a few days.
“Transferring these doctors at the time of commencement of the units is not in the best interest of the hospital. So far I have not relieved them,” Medical Superintendent (MS) of the hospital, Dr RD Kasana, told Kashmir Reader.
As per reports, the lady doctor heading the SNCU at the hospital has been transferred to a Public Health Centre (PHC) in Qazigund.
The SNCU has recently been established after infrastructure worth Rs 50 lakh was procured for the unit. Besides, the hospital administration had to create some extra space for it.
“I do not understand the logic behind putting the whole unit at risk of becoming defunct and transferring the doctor to a PHC, where her core competence will remain unutilised,” a senior official of the health department told Kashmir Reader, on condition of anonymity.
The official feels that the transfers are being done to give the doctors “easy postings, closer to their homes with little or no work load at all.”
NHM staff as per the mission norms are sent to a particular institute keeping in view the functioning of the hospital.
Ideally, the NHM staff is not to be transferred and even if they are, in extreme circumstances, the head of the institute where they are presently serving should issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC).
However, Dr Kasana, has not been asked for an NOC for the transfer of the doctors heading the SNCU and the NRC.
The doctor heading the NRC has been transferred to a PHC in Achabal, that too after the hospital administration had created separate space for the unit.
The doctor is yet to join the DH Kulgam since August last year.
“He reports to the CMO office in Kulgam. Till now he was awaiting establishment of the NRC, and now that the NRC is ready he has influenced a transfer for himself,” sources at the department said.
Another dubious transfer, of an NHM staff nurse from PHC Nihama to New-Type PHC in DK Marg, has left PHC Nihama without a staff nurse.
“The New-Type PHC did not need a staff nurse. She just wanted a posting closer to home and with lesser work load. The director, under political influence, has obliged,” the sources said.
The mission director, Mohan Singh, said it was his jurisdiction to rationally manage the NHM staff.
“Earlier the NHM employees could not be transferred. The new norms say they can be, after rational assessment of the need at a particular place,” Singh told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the units at DH Kulgam were not ready and he wanted to utilise the doctors elsewhere.
Asked why an NOC was not sought from the MS of the hospital, Singh said it was not necessary.
“The nurse has been transferred following some security threats,” Singh said.
Her transfer order, number 63 of 2017 dated July 18, however says that she has been transferred on medical grounds.