Srinagar : Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday strongly condemned the unprecedented termination of a doctor of SKIMS Bemina who it said was has been sacked for demanding standard accredited protective gear. President DAK Dr Suhail Naik said that it is unfortunate that Dr Asif Ali Bhat, a junior resident at SKIMS Bemina terminated without holding a proper inquiry or without any prior warning. “This is sheer power arrogance and it seems our health institutions stand hijacked by some white-collar officials,” he said. Dr Naik said it is very unfortunate and unethical to terminate a young frontline doctor who just demanded a standard PPE.
“On one hand government is recruiting retired doctors to add to deficient human resources and on the other hand young doctor is terminated without asking for any inquiry,” he said. General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that demanding accredited PPE is their fundamental right and it is the responsibility of administration to arrange and sustain their supply. “The arrogance of some administrators is pushing resident doctors to the wall and forcing them to go for strike and shutdown of essential services,” he said.
Dar said such officials remain stationed in administrative blocks which are usually far from Covid-19 wards and to cover-up their administrative failures they are trying hard to muzzle the voice of frontline resident doctors. DAK has appealed Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department to reinstate the doctor at earliest as the move has shaken the confidence of whole doctor fraternity that too at the critical juncture of the pandemic.