Hospital staff thrashing has become routine: DAK

Srinagar: President Doctors Association Kashmir Dr Nisar ul Hassan has condemned the thrashing of a doctor and paramedics on Monday  at PHC Wusan  Block Kangan  by a policeman.

In a statement Dr Hassan said the incidents of hospital staff thrashing have become a routine in the valley. “How can doctors work in such a hostile atmosphere? How can they deliver efficiently in a constant fear? It is impossible to work for doctors in valley as their life is at risk.”

Dr Hassan said the policeman along with his wife and brother entered the hospital at 9 pm dead drunk, smelling of alcohol and not in his senses to seek consultation of his wife and started unprovoked thrashing of doctor, nurse and nursing orderly on duty. He threatened to kill them with his gun.  

The DAK president said the government has failed to provide security to hospitals making it difficult for medicos to work.

“Government makes false promises of an indigenous hospital security system after every thrashing of doctors. This indifferent and non serious approach of government functionaries towards the critical sector is the cause of ailing health care of the valley and brain drain.”

DAK demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and security to hospitals so that doctors feel safe and will work in a fearless environment for efficient patient care.

DAK reiterated its demand of an ordinance wherein if a person manhandles a doctor he should get a non bailable warrant which will prevent violence against doctors.

If the culprits are not arrested and security to hospitals is not in place DAK will be left with no option than to close all hospitals of the valley and onus of responsibility will be on government, Hassan said. 

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