Doctors at Govt hospitals give hard time to patients

Srinagar: Doctors of the government hospitals are giving patients a hard time by not being punctual at work. Many doctors at the SKIMS, SMHS, Lal Ded, JVC, Bone and Joint, JLNM and other hospitals are accused of coming late to attend the duties.

“Doctors never complete their duty hours. Despite heavy flow of patients that its OPD’s usually receive, the doctors allegedly arrive and leave at their own will, forcing patients, no matter how much serious cases they have, to wait for hours and even days,” a group of patients and their attendants complained to KNS.

They said long queues of patients are a common feature at the Out-door Patient wards in the most of the hospitals. “The OPD’s of the hospitals are supposed to open at 10 am but most of the doctors turn up for duty late,” they said.

A hospital employee of the SMHS hospital requesting anonymity said that patients, who cannot afford private hospitals, come to the government hospital for treatment, but they are receiving little help as the doctors are hardly around in this hospital. “Lack of inspection from the concerned authorities has given leeway to the doctors to show up for duty whenever they deem necessary. Most of these doctors either run private clinics or work in private hospitals,” he alleged and said the hospital management is least bothered about the serious lack of punctuality among the doctors.

Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital Dr Nazir Chowdary admitted that some doctors are not punctual, and that he has been advising them to make the habit of reporting to their duty on time.

Meanwhile when this reporter visited some of the hospitals to see the ground situation, he found that most of the doctors were coming hospitals at their own will and also found that most of the hospitals remain over-crowded and unattended.

Patients also alleged that non-availability of medicines add to their miseries and accused that that the doctors prescribe only those medicines which are available with the chemists who are associated with these doctors.

“Many doctors have also developed links with the owners of private nursing homes where they practice after hospital duty. Allegedly, these doctors also put pressure on the visiting patients to get their treatment done at private nursing homes, where they usually practice,” said one of the patients at JLNM Hospital Ranawari.

He said that due to the acute medicine shortage in the hospitals, the patients are told to buy them from the market. “The bulk of the medicines supplied to the hospital stores are sold in the market,” he told this reporter and also complained about the absence of Paramedical staff during the duty hours.

Citing Political patronage main reason to this mess sources said that many doctors in the government hospitals and other health institutions have developed links with the political bosses and ministers.

Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir president Dr Nisarul Hasan expressed grave concern over the appalling conditions in the hospitals and urged the state government to order a high-level inquiry into the public complaints and take stern against those found responsible for the mess. (KNS)

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