Srinagar: National Conference on Monday expressed serious concern over the unprecedented state of administrative chaos and mismanagement at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.
NC spokesperson Sarah Hayat Shah lashed out at the J&K government and Director SKIMS for the rapidly deteriorating patient care at SKIMS, alleging that Director SKIMS was negligent in performing his duties and a probe was needed into reports of irregularities and use of expired medicines.
She said that hundreds of patients with serious ailments were suffering miserably due to the administration’s arrogance and incompetence in dispensing their basic duties. She said that Director SKIMS was turning the office of the director into a political liaison and PR cell for the in-charge of CM’s Grievance Cell and other functionaries of the ruling dispensation.
“The administration at SKIMS seems to be either completely inept or unquestionably arrogant by failing to ensure the patients receive the kind of medical care they deserve, she said. “It seems to have become the norm that the quality of patient care is directly defined by the recommendations by certain PDP leaders. Those patients who are not politically connected to the ruling dispensation are not only mistreated, but also left at the mercy of God.”
The NC Spokesperson also highlighted recent disturbing media reports wherein expired drugs were administered to patients at SKIMS. “Then there is also the matter of the gross suppression of merit at the hands of certain individuals of the Chief Minister’s family who were incidentally and illegitimately, in violation of all forms of scrutiny, objectivity and propriety, involved in the selection process of certain top posts in the institution. It has also come to fore that the constitution and regulations of SKIMS are being violated by taking direct orders from the now extra-constitutional CM’s Grievance Cell.”