Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Doctors Association meets Azad

Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) today called on Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad here apprised him of the poor state of health care in the State.

DAK president, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, and other members of the association told the Minister that National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and other hospital funds were being misused to a large extent and thereby killing the concept and motive of NRHM for which the State was getting hundreds of crores annually.

The DAK brought into the notice of the Union Health Minister the agony and dissatisfaction faced by doctors due to practice of adhocism and juniority adopted by the Health Department by promotion of juniors and blue eyed persons for various administrative posts.

"We demanded enquiry into the irregularities of promotions and scams of NRHM and other hospital funds and corruption which has become rampant in the department", the statement issued by the DAK said.

It said that the Association discussed at length various issues confronting the health care delivery system and fraternity of doctors in the State. They demanded ban on private practice for the faculty members of the GMC, Srinagar and Jammu.

The Minister was made aware of the problem faced by doctors while discharging their duties in the turmoil hit State, which has adversely affected their professional skills, the statement added.

The Association apprised the Minister regarding the harassment of doctors by various quarters especially frequent arrest of doctors by police in violation of Supreme Court rulings.

The Association demanded enforcement of law on the pattern of states of Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat whereby the attack on doctors and damage to the hospital property has been made a non-bailable offence.

The Association also brought lack of infrastructure and man power in the health institutions into the notice of the Minister and steps for their remedy from his side so that the sufferings gets improved.

The Association also raised 2 ½ days salary for doctors, Rural and Risk allowance for doctors, change of nomenclature of assistant surgeons and B-Grade specialists cadre based promotions for doctors, release of salary in favour of permanent doctors undergoing post graduate courses, creation of super specialty trauma Hospital, creation of Maternity Hospital in South and North Kashmir , creation of indigenous Hospital security, increasing the number of post graduate seats, timely upgradation of GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu associated hospitals to the status of AIIMS and up gradation of all District Hospitals of state in terms of infrastructure and manpower.

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