Politicians influence transfer of doctors: DAK

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that transfer of doctors in health department is influenced by political connections.

President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that previous dispensation had allowed political patronage in transfers and postings of doctors.

Non implementation of transfer policy in health department has opened doors for politicians to post their kith and kin on places of their choice.

Politicians are sabotaging implementation of transfer policy so that they continue to use postings as a tool to arm-twist the personnel into submitting to their political motives.

Doctors instead of focusing on patient care seek favors from politicians to retain their places of postings.

Doctors who keep away from politicians suffer and they are handed out punishment postings.

Transfer policy which was adopted in the interest of patient care and to create transparency in work is dusted and rusted on shelves.

As per policy the tenure of a doctor on a post shall be for two years but influential doctors are constantly posted for decades on their places of choice because of political connections.

On one hand politicians cry from roof tops on non availability of doctors in far flung areas, on the other hand on their directions doctors are posted for decades in and around Srinagar city.

Approach is the only way for a doctor to get relocated and those who do not have it their application will not be even considered.

Transfers and postings in health department have become a tool for discrimination on the basis of political favoritism.

State government should unshackle the transfer of doctors from political influence and make every endeavor to stop doctors from seeking political patronage in transfers.

DAK expresses hope that transfer policy will be implemented in letter and spirit so as to put an end to the menace of political favoritism in transfer of doctors. 

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