Srinagar, Sep 18: A delegation of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) and Medical Employees Federation (MEF) on Thursday met commissioner/secretary Health and Medical Education Dr M K Bhandari and demanded removal of re-employed Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar Dr Rafiq Pampori.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan and president MEF Shabir langoo who headed the delegation expressed displeasure over continuing of re-employed principal GMC despite termination of re-engagement by government.
The delegation informed Secretary that Principal GMC is involved in picking favorites on Academic arrangement and ignoring meritorious and deserving.
Principal GMC flouted Health Minister’s orders of enhancement of salary of HDF/SWF employees from Rs 2500 to Rs 4500 and victimized them for attending Minister’s function.
Secretary acknowledged that continuation of re-employed Principal is unjustified and GMC Srinagar will have new principal soon.
The delegation apprised secretary that poor patients in hospitals suffer for want of medicines and government should speedily implement drug policy which was aimed to make drugs available to the poorest of poor.
The menace of spurious/ substandard drugs continue unabated due to unchecked and unregulated market and no efforts are made on ground to curb the menace.
The delegation demanded that each and every drug in the market should be tested for quality and the ill equipped drug testing laboratory in Srinagar should be upgraded.
A legal-cum-intelligence cell as proposed should be made operational for busting spurious drug rackets and prompt prosecution.
The delegation expressed dismay over concentration of doctors in city hospitals which is responsible for shortage of doctors in rural hospitals.
The lack of caderization of medical officers and specialist doctors was raised which has created disinterest among doctors and uncalled for stagnation.
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