SKIMS replaces pharmacy dept head amid controversy

SKIMS replaces pharmacy dept head amid controversy
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Srinagar: Director SKIMS Soura, Dr Omar Javed Shah on Wednesday removed Dr GH Yatoo from the post of Faculty In-charge at the institute’s Drug and Pharmacy department.
As per an official order, Associate Professor Dr Haroon Rashid Zargar will function as In-charge HOD Drug and Pharmacy Department till further orders. “This shall be in supersession of all the previous orders on the subject,” the official order said.
Dr Yatoo has been sent to the Emergency Medicine Department which works under the direct supervision of the Medical Superintendent.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the order came days after the Governor’s administration took cognisance of media reports about mismanagement and embezzlement of funds at the Drug and Pharmacy department and sought a report from Director SKIMS.
“Last week, the Governor’s administration sought details from Director SKIMS. He was asked to explain his position over the mismanagement and embezzlement at the institute. He was also directed to take appropriate action in the interest of patient care,” a senior faculty member told Kashmir Reader.
Kashmir Reader has carried a series of stories on wrongdoings at the Drug and Pharmacy Department of SKIMS vis-à-vis sale and dispensation of medicines and consumables. The latest story was about an inquiry ordered into the embezzlement of funds at the pharmacy department after many drugs and consumables were found missing from the Cath Lab drug counter. It had also surfaced that pharmacists had withheld money earned from the sale of drugs and consumables from the state exchequer for more than a year.
The role of Dr GH Yatoo was being questioned as he has been supervising the functioning of the pharmacy department for many years.
“The drug counters are looked after by senior pharmacists and faculty in-charge Dr Ghulam Hassan Yatoo supervises the transactions of sale of stock, expiry, and shortage. Despite that, embezzlement has occurred in the pharmacy department which means the officials were aware of the wrongdoings but chose to conceal it,” an official had told Kashmir Reader.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah acknowledged that the pharmacy department was facing several issues for a long time, which gave rise to mismanagement.
“Such a reshuffle was long overdue. It has happened after eight years in the pharmacy department. We replaced officials in the interest of patient care,” Dr Shah said.
“Every issue will be routed through the administrators. I want officials to work independently so that they have a sense of belonging and work more responsibly,” he added.