Patients suffer as hospital doctors go on leave

BMO and other doctors on leave with proper permission: CMO

Bandipore: Patients are passing days unattended in different hospitals and Primary Health Centres in Medical Block Hajin in Sonawari Tehsil of Bandipore district as most of the doctors including Block Medical Officer have gone on long leave.

Patients and attendants present outside Sub-District hospitals of Hajin and Sumbal said that due to absence of doctors, the nurses and other para-medical staff are directing them to visit Srinagar hospitals. They said many patients were coming to the hospital being referred by other primary health and sub health centres.

According to CNS, OPD and emergency wards in Hajin and Sumbal sub-district hospitals were full of patients with a large number of them lying on the floor as many people injured in traffic and other accidents were ‘unnecessarily’ referred to Srinagar hospitals. “My son have suffered head injury but no doctor is available here to stitch his wound,” one of the aggrieved father Ghulam Rasool said.

Reyaz Ahmed, another patient, came from Nowgam Hamchakundal with injuries he had sustained in a motorbike accident but was not treated and immediately referred to Bones and Joints hospital Srinagar.

The patients alleged that no doctor had visited them from past three days.

When contacted, Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Dr G.M.Dar told CNS no doctor is on leave illegally but their leave has been sanctioned by Directorate Health. “Block Medical Officer has gone for ‘Umrah’ while three more doctors are on leave with the permission of HoD SKIMS,” he said adding that patients are being taken care of in a proper manner. 

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