Doctors at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura Saturday called off their strike after four days following SKIMS Governing Body Meet which asked for an inquiry to investigate the controversy erupted after the attachment of institute’s director Dr A G Ahangar last week.
Resident Doctors Association (RDA) went on a strike on Tuesday due to which patient care system was hit in the institute.
Following the strike RDA claimed, Governing Body SKIMS held a meeting on Friday during which it was informed that it will investigate the controversy.
RDA spokesperson Dr Zubair Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that in the greater interest of patient care, they have suspended their strike program from Friday morning.
“With the matter now being sub-judicious and pending inquiry and in the greater interest of patient care we are suspending our strike,” he said.
Hailing the steps which were taken by Governing Body Meet which asked for an inquiry to investigate the matter, he said, “We expect a time-bound inquiry as per the law and we are hopeful justice prevails.”
They also welcomed the government’s decision of appointing Dr Omar Javid Shah as interim director SKIMS.
“It is good to see him as the institute’s head of SKIMS medical fraternity rather than a bureaucrat who could have created another tension here,” he said.
Following attachment of director SKIMS Dr A G Ahangar last week, the doctors began their strike from Tuesday which hit the patient care in the premier institute of the State.
“The idea of the agitation was to highlight the gross violation of norms, lack of proper trial and to uphold the dignity of the highest seat of medical fraternity in the state,” Dr Zubair said.
The spokesperson believes that they stood for what people could not.
He said if the government did not investigate the sacking of the director they will be forced to go for agitation again.
The resident doctors also said that the High Court has upheld their sentiment by staying the attachment order of Dr Ahangar which is a moral victory for us.
The SKIMS controversy triggered a hot debate on social media, from people to doctors fraternity.