Direct recruitment of 1000 doctors a welcome step: DAK

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday hailed the decision of state government to recruit 1000 doctors on fast-track basis and said that to retain a large number of specialists and super specialists in rural health care system, the government must do away with SRO -202 and recruit the medical officers on the permanent basis.
The government has decided to appoint 1000 doctors on the contract to fill the vacant posts in government-run hospitals in the wake of a shortage of doctors working in rural health care and apparent human power crisis.
“There is a dire need to address the shortage of medical officers in the government-run rural health institutions of Jammu and Kashmir,” said president DAK, Dr Suhail Naik in a statement. It is moral responsibility of state government, he added, to come out with solutions and to have an effective recruitment system in place.
Dr Owais H Dar, general secretary DAK said that there is an acute shortage of doctors in the state, and patient rush has dramatically increased over the last few years. The existing doctors have the tremendous workload, he added, to run the system round the clock and majority of our doctors are fatigued and exhausted.
The state government must take a more holistic perspective of the appointment process, Dar said. It is discrimination towards medical fraternity that till now no gazetted post have been appointed on SRO-202 through PSC, he added.
DAK requested Governor to appoint these 1000 doctors on regular basis.