SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday held an “extraordinary” meeting attended by its executive members wherein it was unanimously decided that the doctors working in peripheral hospitals of Kashmir will avail gazetted holidays with effect from 30 April 2018. The Association has shot a letter to the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir in this regard.
The decision has been taken in view of government’s “non-seriousness” towards fulfilling our genuine demands especially two and half day salary and risk allowances, a DAK statement issued here said.
It said the doctors on emergency roster duties will have to attend the duties the same way as they attend on Sundays, and no routine or elective procedures/elective OTs and Out Patient Departments (OPDs) will run.
All doctors including Medical Officers, Dental Surgeons and Consultants are requested to follow the decision in letter and spirit, DAK said, adding that all administrators are further requested not to force any doctor to run OPD or routine duty on gazetted holidays.
“Any doctor who will not follow the executive body decision will do it on its own risk and responsibility. The availing of gazetted holidays by doctors will continue till two and half day salary and risk allowances are not released in favour of doctors across all pay bands,” DAK said.
The decision is fully supported by Jammu Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) – an amalgam of all doctor associations of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh including SCD and SDSJK, the statement said.