Lingering departmental promotion of doctors indicates govt’s failure: DAK

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has criticised the state government for its “failure” to constitute the Departmental Promotional Committees (DPCs) for years now so as to promote the deserving specialist medical officers to consultants.
President DAK Dr Suhail Naik in a statement said, “It was for the first time in the history of medical profession that 40 percent posts were reserved by government for departmental promotion of senior doctors to consultants in order to streamline the human resources in department and to make health care system vibrant and efficient.”
“Departmental promotion of medical officers qualified in different specialties will not only streamline human resource management in department but will also improve healthcare at gross root level,” Dr Naik said. “There was no option of Departmental Promotion in HME till 2015 and it was first time that such thing has happened but unfortunately state government has miserably failed in framing Departmental Promotional Committee for three years now and it has not only dented the morale of deserving specialists but has taken heavy toll on peripheral health care system also.”
“Furthermore peripheral healthcare system is facing acute shortage of consultants of different specialties which is hitting patient care badly,” he added.
DAK president has urged the health minister Bhali Bhagat to create Departmental Promotional Committee and expedite the process of departmental promotion on war footing basis.