Doctors’ Association calls for immediate relieving of overstaying doctors from medical colleges in JK

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Srinagar: Doctors’ Association of Kashmir (DAK) Friday expressed concern over the overburdening of the rural health care system and said that it is facing manpower crisis as a large number of doctors having ‘political and bureaucratic clout’ have been deputed to Medical Colleges.

In a statement, a DAK spokesperson said that the immediate relieving of more than 400 medical officers and consultants to rural health care system from medical colleges Jammu and Srinagar is the only viable short term measure to get vibrancy and dynamics of rural health care system back.

He said many doctors who don’t have political backing are posted to far flung and border areas of state for decades altogether and it is sheer injustice with the doctor fraternity. Moreover, doctors from peripheral Health sector must be sent to medical colleges on roster basis to keep them updated with continuous Medical educations.

The DAK spokesperson further said it is ‘unfortunate’ and a ‘travesty of justice’ that deputed doctors enjoying in capital cities are withdrawing more salary than a colleague working in Uri, Tangdar, Lolab, Gurez, Hoon Heng. He further demanded that the in charge system in the rural health care must be done away with, as the in-charge DDO are toothless to take any major administrative decision.

The pick and choose method to appoint administration in health system has derailed the system and as a result, the common people are final sufferers, he further added.

The spokesperson said the process for restoration of administrative seniority in health department must be done on a war footing basis and taken to logical ends where utmost weightage must be given to absolute seniority and credibility.

He said that the Doctors’ Association Kashmir again requests the Governor led administration to expedite the process of relieving of overstaying doctors from medical colleges, so that the ailing peripheral health sector will strengthen further.

Furthermore administrative seniority must be restored as early as possible to restore the glory of the health department, he added.

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