Srinagar: A delegation of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) under the directions of its Chairman Dr G M Mir met Minister of State for Health Asiya Naqash here.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the DAK said, Delegation was led by Dr Khalid Parvez senior executive member and founder President of DAK.
The delegation drew attention of MoS health to various problems faced by doctors in hospitals while discharging their professional duties. It was impressed upon the minister that incidence of violence in hospitals which most of the time is being directed towards doctors and other medicare staff also leads to damage of the hospital property and costly equipment, which in turn results in exacerbation of problems faced by general public in the general hospitals.
In this context , delegation demanded that an ordinance be promulgated as has been already done in sixteen other states of India, where those involved in such crimes are being booked in sections which are non-bailable and are made to pay three times the cost of the equipment they damage, the delegation told the minister. This ordinance has acted as a strong deterrent against violence in hospitals in all those states where it has been promulgated.
DAK expressed its displeasure over a recent Govt order in which doctors have been told to prescribe generic medicines rather than branded formulations. DAK requested the minister to revoke this order as such drugs are not yet available in the hospitals, he said.
This order is bizarre and anti people if implemented on ground, DAK said and demanded that instead Drug Act should be strengthened. Sale of drugs without prescription should be curtailed and laboratory testing of drugs should be enhanced and drug department should be made more vibrant, the delegation said. Sale of prescription has become a source of drug addiction in valley.
It was impressed upon the minister to follow the Supreme Court guidelines in letter and spirit while dealing with the cases of alleged medical negligence.
It is pertinent to mention here that doctors are being suspended and even some times arrested without any enquiry.
Other issues raised by the association were for upgradation of facilities and the manpower at District and Sub district hospitals so that load on already overburdened hospitals is reduced and people are provided basic health care at their doorsteps.
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