SMHS Registrars Put In Doghouse For Strike

Taken Off Rosters, Replaced With PG Students
Srinagar, Sep 22: Even a week after they resumed work, registrars at the prestigious SMHS Hospitals are not being assigned duties as authorities have thrust post-graduate students to man their posts.
This veiled punishment comes for their three-day strike last week against the rude and high-handed behaviour of a consultant over which several registrars had put in their papers.

Their names have been taken off rosters, and they are being asked to give explanations for their absence which, according to the registrars, had incidentally already been accepted as “casual leave” by the principal himself.

Bitter at consultants, many of whom, the registrars say, neglect duties for the sake of their private clinics, the doctors had called off their strike on the assurances of the principal who had set up a three member committee to look into the matter, and promised “massive change.”

Far from any progress on this issue, the victimising has only worsened since the registrars reported back for duties, they say.

Neither the neither the principal, nor the heads of department, have taken any follow up steps, they says.

“We have not been even put on duty rosters,” they say. “And no one is bothered.”

“PGs are filling in for us. How can a student handle critical care and emergencies,” they say.

Last week’s strike had been sparked off when a consultant rebuked a registrar who had called her up in connection with a critical patient.

The latter had scolded the doctor, refused to come to the hospital, and asked him to handle the case all by himself.

Registrars and junior doctors in the government medical college and associated hospitals have long-standing grievances against consultants who, they say, treat them as consultants.

Juniors often say that many consultants neglect official duties to attend their private practice.

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