Doctors form Coordination Committee

Srinagar: Various doctors association from Kashmir and Jammu region Monday formed an amalgam—Jammu and Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC)—an umbrella of several other associations, which will be working in coordination to raise the issues that are faced by the doctors in the state.

Pertinently, JKDCC has emerged as an amalgam of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Doctors Association Jammu (DAJ), Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD), Society of Dental Surgeons Jammu and Kashmir, Chenab Valley Doctors Association (CVDA), Resident Doctors Association (RDA) Srinagar and RDA Jammu, Private Practitioners Association, Indian Dental Association (IDA)-Srinagar and Jammu Branch.

The information about the formation of the committee was given at press conference in Srinagar, where all the key members of the committee were present.

“Our main aim is to raise issues that are concerning the doctors and that too, collectively under the banner of this coordination committee,” said JKDCC’s President, Dr. Muhammad Yousuf Tak.

Ahead of the press conference, there was a detailed 8 hour long meeting in which several issues were threadbare discussed.

“Various issues of doctors were discussed and deliberated threadbare and a joint strategy to get these issues resolved were formulated,” a statement issued by JKDCC said.

Notably, JKDCC is the first ever amalgamation of doctors across the state that has been formed in the state.

According to the statement, the members unanimously agreed upon to raise the grave issues confronted by doctors and stress upon the government to resolve the same in a stipulated time frame.

Following are some of the demands that were put forth by the amalgam:

“Ordinance on offence against on duty doctors or damage to hospital infrastructure to be made a non-bailable offence, caderization of Medical Officers and Dental Surgeons, including caderization of Consultants.”

In regard with posting and transfers it said it demanded the rationalization of posting:  Posting and Transfer policy should be followed in letter and spirit.

“Departmental promotion of Medical officer, Dental Surgeons and Consultants at regular intervals in time bound manner. APRs even of previous years of Medical officers, Dental Surgeons and Consultants to be signed by sitting respective Directors and Commissioner Secretary,” the press statement said.

The amalgam also demanded the Geriatric OPD/Geriatric wards in each district hospital for old age patients.

It also proposed attaching a medical officer with each consultant “so that he/she can be well trained and can manage the patients who need specialized treatment in case Consultant remains busy with other patients or when consultant goes on leave.”

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