Medical authorities force doctors to attend politicians, bureaucrats at their residences: DAK

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) President, Dr Suhail Naik on Thursday said that a few Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and Block Medical Officers force the doctors of their hospitals to attend politicians and bureaucrats at their residences for minor ailments at the cost of patient care of common man.
“It is also disheartening that few of them have become puppets of local politicians and bureaucrats. It defers genuine referrals of poor patients by specialists,” DAK spokesperson said.
Spokesperson added that they have received many complaints especially from female doctors working in different hospitals of Kashmir valley regarding the harassment at work places by their respective Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO’s) including Chief Medical Officers (CMO’s)/Medical Superintendents /Block Medical Officers (BMO’s) for small issues like leaves, withdrawal of salary, medical insurance, duty roster adjustments, Service book entries etc”.
“This dominant approach of these authorities has not only damaged our work culture but has also created sense of dissatisfaction,”Dr Naik added.
DAK urged the Health Minster Bali Bhagat and Director Health Services (DHS) Kashmir Dr Saleem ur Rehman to make “Grievance Cell” functional at every district and division level so that these cases can be properly probed and warranted action will be taken against culprits.
“It (Grievance cell) will not only make these erring officers extra cautious for such activities but will also help in smooth functioning of Health and Medical Education department,” DAK statement reads.