Residents Doctors Association (RDA) at Kashmir’s premier healthcare centre Shere-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Tuesday went on an indefinite strike against the sacking of Institute’s director Dr A. G. Ahangar.
Seeking reinstatement of Dr Ahangar, the resident doctors observed strike affecting Out Patients Departments with patients returning back home without consultations taking a toll on the patient care.
A doctor said that most of the OPD’s remained affected like General Medicine, Neurology, Surgical and Medical Oncology, hematology and MRD compelling patients to go back home.
Residents Doctors Association demanded immediate reinstatement of the director, who was attached to General Administration Department (GAD) last week.
While condemning the director’s attachment, RDA spokesperson told Rising Kashmir that the Government removed Dr Ahangar on the backdrop of a “media trial” without any investigation.
“A committee should have been framed so that the facts could have been known better. We feel humiliated by this approach of the government,” RDA said.
There are around 590 residents working in SKIMS, however, doctors in emergencies, day Care Oncology and ICU services remained present in the premier institute. “We do not want patients to suffer as such,” doctors said.
They said director SKIMS holds the highest chair of the medical fraternity in Jammu and Kashmir and it cannot be disrespected in any way.
“It seems an unwarranted knee-jerk response to a media trial without any proper investigations,” they alleged.
“If sacking of the director was the appropriate response, then the Chief Minister and Health Minister should also be dealt in the same manner and should be held accountable,” they added.
It said that the director has been a “soft target’ to compensate for the inadequacies of the system.
RDA said that the medical professionals should not be made scapegoats for shortcomings of the system and for gaining of political mileage.
They have demanded immediate reinstatement of director SKIMS with full honour and dignity failing which they will continue their strike programme.
However, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Syed Amin Tabish said they directed the entire faculty to remain present so that the patient care is not hit.
“I think patients were more satisfied today with senior doctors seeing them. We did not receive any complaint. We had posted the entire faculty from all the departments and they worked properly,” he said. He continued: “The doctors were present in OPD’s up to 4 pm.”
Meanwhile, additional director SKIMS, Dr Firdous Ahmad Giri, who is also the ex-officio Special Secretary to Government Tuesday afternoon held a meeting with HoD’s of all departments. The HoD’s were instructed to ensure the hassle-free functioning of all the departments normally so that the patient care cannot suffer at any cost.