Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir led by Dr G M Mir has ridiculed the proposal of three tier roaster/double shifts in health institutions saying that it will be premature and improper to implement it because of massive staff dearth and poor logistics that the health department is witnessing.
DAK spokesperson Dr Mir Mushtaq in a statement said that at present the doctor-patient ratio in the Kashmir valley is 1:1000 far below the World Health Organization (WHO) standard which requires the doctor-patient ratio to be 1:500. It simply signifies that the strength of Doctors should be double of what is presently prevailing and the same lies true for paramedical and allied staff.
According to official estimates more than 2000 vacancies of doctors exist in the health department. The current sanctioned strength of state is based on healthcare estimates dating back to 1990s, since when the population has witnessed a steep increase without any substantial upgradation in health human resources. The shortage of manpower in hospitals have already compelled every medical personnel to perform extra duties which has over burdened them beyond their capacity. Furthermore the hospitals are not well connected because of dilapidated roads and absence of proper transport facilities at various health institutes that makes it virtually impossible for employees to reach or leave hospitals at odd hours particularly for female health personnel.
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