Health department shelves transfer policy of doctors: DAK

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Srinagar, May 03: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that health department has shelved transfer policy of doctors that was adopted in the interest of patient care.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said transfer policy that was aimed at smooth functioning of health institutions particularly located in far-flung areas, is confined to papers only.

As per the transfer policy, the minimum tenure of a doctor on a post shall be two years and a maximum of three years.

Every doctor has to compulsorily serve for a minimum period of two years in category “A” (very difficult) and for five years in category “B/C” (difficult) health institutions in his/her first ten years of service.

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Health department is defying transfer policy only to give places of choice to influential doctors.

There is a well-oiled nexus between these doctors and directorate of health services that is sabotaging the implementation of transfer policy.

These doctors manage their choicest postings and remain on their places of convenience for decades.

They are not touched and are not even considered for transfer.

Even if they are transferred, the orders get revoked within no time.

These doctors indulge in hegemony of hospital administration due to their longer stays.

They cut short their duty hours and go to their nearby private clinics as they consider these hospitals as fiefdoms.

Many of these doctors ask the patients to visit their private clinics even though they come to hospital for free treatment.

The peripheral health care is in complete shambles due to messy transfer system in the health department.

Patients end up going to tertiary care hospitals even for basic health care needs.

Trauma and emergency patients are worst hit and they either die in transit or reach tertiary care hospitals in a morbid state.

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Dr Riyaz Ahmad Daga