SHRC tells government to explore utilizing retired doctors during strikes

SHRC tells government to explore utilizing retired doctors during strikes
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed the government to prepare a list of retired doctors who were willing to work on voluntary basis in case of doctors’ strike or any other eventuality.
The commission directed Chief Secretary to file an action taken report within three months.
The direction came as the commission heard a suo-moto cognizance report regarding doctors’ strike.
SHRC chairperson, Justice Bilal Nazki, said the patients have suffered on account of the strike of doctors and it was necessary to address the issue so that eventualities of the kind can be minimized. “Some of the states have experimented with the idea of engaging retired doctors on contractual/ voluntary basis during the period of the strike,” the commission remarked.
“Government can explore the possibility of utilizing services of retired doctors during emergencies caused by doctor’s strike or natural and other calamities,” it said.
“Hopefully, this arrangement will work to minimize the inconvenience caused to the patients in case doctors go on strike or in case there is an extraordinary burden on hospitals or in case of natural or other calamities,” Justice Nazki said.
Doctors of GMC Srinagar and associated hospitals boycotted routine and emergency duties during a strike early this month on account of pay disparity which affected the patient care badly and prompted the SHRC to take suo-moto cognizance.
During the strike, at SMHS hospital alone, around 100 surgeries were cancelled. The doctors strike began on July 3 and ended on July 8.