SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president Dr Suhail Naik on Friday welcomed the decision of resident doctors to restore emergency and critical care services in the larger interest of common people.
He advised doctors working in rural healthcare system to work more effectively and curtail referral to tertiary care hospitals because of ongoing strike and stalemate between resident doctors and government.
In a statement, Dr Naik said government must follow equal pay for equal work as doctors of all medical colleges qualify the same entrance examination and must be treated as “equal amongst equals”.
“We are projecting our genuine demands like two and half day salary, risk allowances, rural allowances for last many years, but nothing has happened on ground,” he said. “It is moral and ethical responsibility of higher authorities to address our all pending genuine demands without forcing us to opt for strike as the last resort.”
DAK general secretary Dr Owais H Dar said the strike always remains the last option in the democratic setup but it is moral responsibility of the concerned authorities to look after genuine demands.
“Patients who are suffering are our own, and it causes us utmost distress when we see them in agony; but when we ourselves are not comfortable how can we treat them and give them comfort,” he said.
DAK has appealed the Governor N N Vohra to “take a serious look into the all genuine demands of doctors of J&K once and for all”.