SRINAGAR: Extending full support to the strike of National Health Mission (NHM) employees, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday threatened to go on indefinite strike if all the long pending “genuine” demands of doctors are not addressed.
“It is pathetic that patients are facing difficulties and hardship in getting treatment and regular staff is overburdened exhausted and fatigued due to strike of NHM employees which has now entered the fourth week,” DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said in a statement.
He said the state government’s “insensitive” attitude to redress their grievances has taken heavy toll on common people.
DAK will launch a state-wide agitation if government does not fulfull the long-pending demands despite repeated assurances from time to time.
“Our patience is running out as government has not fulfilled even a single demand of ours so far. Our main demand of restoration of seniority in health administration has not been taken seriously and people who are influential with politico- bureaucratic clout have been entrusted with job of running administration of which has resulted in irreversible damage to this noble profession and has increased the suffering of common masses,” he said. “Despite almost a month long strike by NHM, the government has failed to break the deadlock thus creating problems for people at large and regular staff who have been overstretched now to elastic limits.”
DAK said the state government has never taken health department on priority and consequently all the heath employees and common public are victims of “power arrogance”.
“Unfortunately, in our state, strikes and agitations are now established modes to get genuine demands of employees addressed,” it said.