Srinagar: Field Doctors Welfare Association Kashmir and Society of Consultant Doctors with support of paramedical and other allied staff observed a ONE DAY BLACK BAND PROTEST against the continuing increase in assault and detention of medical officers and officials across the state. Various institutes witnessed health staff wearing black bands on their arms as a mark of protest.
Medical Superintendent of Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital Dr. Iqbal said, We strongly condemn these inhuman, barbaric and lunatic acts by some people. Its high time for the Government to frame a law in which attack on any health staff or damaging hospital infrastructure be considered as a Cognizable Offence as already witnessed in some states across India. Honble Supreme Court directions are vivid in a way that no prompt arrest of doctors on medical negligence should be done till a proper investigation is conducted.
It is pertinent here to mention that recently J&K bagged No 1 State award in the health sector. The public should also know the fact that 90% of health load is on Government hospitals. Restrained with human resource issue we work in an overburdened and choked manner all the time and yet we have to face the wrath unnecessarily all the time. Our work speaks our value and yet the Govt. is turning a deaf ear to our woes and misery.
Recent incidence of assaulting and detention of medical staff at SDH Bandipora is a shameful and dismal act as the deaths which occurred were a possible case of Suspected Poisoning. We fail to understand why our staff has been made a scape goat when proper protocol was followed in managing and referring the patients, said Iqbal.
Its not for the first time that such incidents are happening. Govt. should awake and stop this by framing strict laws against the violators thereby uplifting the morale of already discouraged medical fraternity, he said
In the end of the protest he said, We warn the Govt. that if strict laws are not framed in the said matter immediately we have no other option but to increase the quantum of our protests and start a state wide agitation to seek our genuine rights.
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