Striking GMC Docs To Resume Work Today

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“Consultants Treat Us Like Clerks, Skip Duties For Private Practice”

Srinagar – On strike for the past three days, registrars at the Government Medical College and associated hospitals on Saturday decided to resume work after their principal’s intervention, but vented anger at consultants who, they said, neglected duties because of private practice.

“We are thankful to our principal for his sincere and bold approach towards addressing our problems. We have now decided to resume our duties from tomorrow so that patient care doesn’t suffer any further,” a senior registrar at the SMHS Hospital said.

The doctors had struck work, several of them tendering resignations, after a registrar was scolded by a consultant whom he had called up for a critical case.

Doctors alleged that the consultant had skipped duties and was busy at her private clinic.

“When the registrar called the consultant for help, she reacted with derogatory comments and told him to handle the case himself,” the striking doctors said. “Later when the matter was brought to the notice of the HoD, he mishandled the affair.”

Earlier, talking to the Kashmir Observer, the doctors blamed consultants for “victimising” the health sector in the valley.

“People come to the hospital with high hopes, but are maltreated by some members of the medical profession who are focussed on their private practice even when on official duty,” they said.

“The city hospital needs monitoring of every department, as some senior doctors are busy in their private clinics, which takes a heavy toll on regular work,” they said. “What will happen to the health sector when interns would be handling premiere institutions?”

“Senior consultants actually want us to be their clerks, so that they can remain available on calls. Besides, their rude behavior and discrimination towards us had forced us to resign. This is a faulty working atmosphere created by such consultants,” a senior registrar at the SMHS hospital told the Kashmir Observer.

The doctors said that the principal, who today ordered a three-member committee to look into the episode, had been unbiased and assured them of massive change in the system.

“We hope the change comes,” they said. Observer News Service

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