DAK demands rotational transfer policy

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has demanded for rotational transfer policy from difficult zone to medical colleges and vice versa, so that doctors posted in far flung areas will get updated with recent advances, scientific knowledge, and over all a psychological relief.

DAK president, Dr Suahil Naik said the doctors who have been posted to far flung areas for decades together have developed suicidal tendencies and progressive degradation in their professional skill.

“The Rotational Transfer Policy should aim to harmonise objectives of comprehensive health care, avoid development of vested interests, and provide exposure to rural doctors working in different hospitals to recent advances, ensuring overall growth of medical officers. The Rotational Transfer Policy will provide opportunity to all doctors to work in medical colleges to get upgraded with recent knowledge and skills,” Dr Naik said.

General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that the Rotational Transfer Policy will be a dynamic process where a medical officer is moved from difficult zone posting to medical colleges and that will provide vibrancy to the entire health care delivery system. “The transfer should operate spontaneously as soon as a doctor completes the minimum prescribed tenure or stay,” he said.

He said the rotation of medical officers from rural health care to medical colleges from time to time, subject to the operational needs and requirements of the medical colleges will refine the professional skill of doctors.

Vice president DAK, Dr Muhammad Ashraf said that 480 doctors of rural health department who are deputed to medical colleges have political and bureaucratic clout and are enjoying comfortable life with extra allowances in capital cities. “It is undemocratic and mere injustice with whole medical fraternity if deputed doctors to medical colleges for years together are not relieved back to parent department,” he said.

He said the government must frame policy where in all over staying doctors from GMCs are relieved back to peripheral health sector and new doctors must be deputed to GMCs so that the health care delivery services are not hampered till regular appointments are made in Medical Education.

Joint Secretary DAK, Dr Arshed H Trag said that the association will submit a list of doctors who are posted in far flung areas for more than 5 years so that they can be deputed to higher centers on rotational basis.

Doctors Association Kashmir requests Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisor for Health and Medical Education, K Vijay Kumar to take holistic view in this regard.