Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir on Thursday welcomed the order issued by state administration over the directions given to the hospital authorities to ensure that patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on uniform rates across the state.
According to the statement, DAK president Dr Suahil Naik said that “we were pushing for uniform rate of diagnostic tests across the state and we want people to question the hospital authorities if they try to overcharge them”.
People should approach grievance cell of the health and medical education department to file their complaints if hospital authorities are accused of not providing diagnostics services to the patients at prescribed rates, he added
While lambasting at health administrators, Naik said that “the actual problem lies with the system where incompetent persons are promoted as hospital administrators. They don’t have an iota of idea to project the annual finances required for providing diagnostic facilities at nominal charges to finance department or state government. With the result state government fails in keeping budgetary allocations for same and a financial gap is generated at gross root level. Therefore health administrators then charge extra and exorbitant rates from poor patients to run the system uniformly”.
Dr Owais H Dar, general secretary DAK said that reformative changes at gross root level are required to get vibrant and patient friendly system.
Senior executive member of DAK, Dr Mir Mushtaq said that it is moral and ethical responsibility of states financial department to keep a full-fledged budget for diagnostic facilities.
DAK thanked social activists, media fraternity and civil societies for raising parallel voice with DAK over this issue.