Srinagar: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday demanded a major reshuffle and immediate transfer of about 480 doctors who are overstaying at Government Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir divisions.
“These 480 doctors, who have occupied medical officer’s posts of rural health care, are enjoying in medical colleges with extra city allowances, HRA and NPA for years now without much responsibility on their shoulders,” the statement said.
There is standing government order, it said, where it is mandatory for a doctor to serve in rural areas to strengthen rural health centres in far-flung areas in the state. “But ironically, this order order was never implemented on the ground after most of the blue eyed doctors managed their postings in various hospitals of Srinagar and Jammu districts,” it reads.
“To strengthen the understaffed rural health care centres in far-flung areas in Jammu and Kashmir, these 400 doctors must be immediately relieved to their parent department,” Dr Naik, President of DAK said.
He added government medical colleges can appoint this pool of 480 doctors on contractual basis and with the result unemployed doctors will get job.
General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar, said it is very important to transfer all overstaying doctors. “It is very imperative to transfer all those doctors who have never served in rural areas and doctors who have worked for decades in far flung areas must be transferred back as they all are now psychologically perturbed,” he added.
“Rural Health Care System in J&K is facing shortage of almost 50 percent manpower, especially doctors. Therefore government must relieve all those medical officers and consultant doctors who have been deputed to government medical colleges for decades that is resulting the rural health to suffer,” Dr Mir Mushtaq, senior DAK executive said