SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday sought a transparent procedure for the appointment of Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), saying “this would open doors for deserving and meritorious candidates”.
In a statement, DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan said the process of selection should include advertising of the post that would bring transparency and openness in the selection process. He said a team of experts in the field should assess the eligible candidates and choose the best.
“But, that is not happening,” DAK president said. “Instead, the whole selection process is kept hidden and secret which is unfair, non-transparent and thus manipulative. This paves the way for picking up favourite, blocking opportunities of aspirants who are not even considered for the post.”
He said the person who is favoured instead of focusing on his/her job remains at the beck and call of those who have favoured him/her.
“The practice of favouritism has ruined the health department which is in a sorry state of affairs,” Dr Nisar said. “It has been plagued by lobbyism and indiscipline. There is no work culture and patient care is a forgotten entity.”
DAK president said the peripheral health care is in “complete mess” due to “mismanagement”. “Patients suffer the consequences and end up going to tertiary care hospitals even for basic health needs,” he said.
“While in other parts, primary health care has reduced sickness and fatalities, but in Kashmir it has failed to deliver and meet patients’ needs,” he said. “We still have outbreaks of infective diseases like typhoid, cholera and hepatitis due to disorganised peripheral health system. The deliveries in peripheries are conducted in extremely unhygienic conditions which is responsible for high maternal and infant mortality.”
“There is epidemic of hypertension, diabetes and cancer because of non-implementation of concept of population-centric