Striking doctors accuse governing body of negligence

Striking doctors accuse governing body of negligence
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“Running SKIMS is not one-man show, governing body equally responsible for wrongdoings”

SRINAGAR: Resident doctors of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Thursday accused the institute’s governing body of negligence in handling the administration saying its members were equally responsible for the wrongdoing by the senior faculty.
The protesting doctors said the strike against the removal of Director SKIMS, Dr A G Ahangar, which entered the third day on Thursday, would continue till the Government doesn’t reinstate him.
“As per rules of SKIMS, the Director is a single individual while the governing body is the main administrative organization. If something wrong happens in the institution or some employee indulges in private practice, the premier body will be held responsible,” Dr Zubair Ahmad, the RDA President told Kashmir Reader.
“The Chief Minister and other ministers are also part of the governing body. In my view they are equally responsible,” he said.
The RDA president said the Government removed Dr Ahangar without any investigation which is undemocratic.
“The government should come clear on its sacking order and make the charges against Dr Ahangar public. The process should be transparent so that there is no confusion. We will have no problem to resume our duties if the charges are proved,” he said.
The director was attached to General Administration Department (GAD) last week in government order in which three doctors found involved in practices were also suspended.
The patient care was hit at SKIMS Soura on the third day also as residents continue to boycott general duties.
The RDA representative also admitted that the patient care had been hit as the junior doctors stayed away from OPD and ward duties.
“We have doubled our shifts in emergencies and day care units so that patient rush gets eased. But, routine work had suffered in absence of doctors,” Dr Zubair said.
However, he said the dignity of doctors and SKIMS director was dear to them.
“We are equally concerned about the patient care that is why we doubled our shift. But we can’t compromise on our respect. The government has humiliated our Director which is a humiliation to us,” he said.