SRINAGAR: Director of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) and former head of the Cardiothoracic surgery department of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Dr AG Ahangar, who features among the three shortlisted candidates for the coveted director SKIMS post, is tipped to be the most favourite.
The post fell vacant after Dr Showkat Ahmad Zargar attained superannuation on June 3. His tenure was marked by a series of controversies and on his retirement day, the non-gazetted staff, as a mark of protest, had organised a tumabknari protest.
As the committee for appointing director SKIMS has shortlisted three candidates for the top post, the doctors in the tertiary healthcare institute have appealed the Chief Minister of the state to expedite the process and finalise the candidate.
Doctors in SKIMS said that the patient care in the institute has suffered due to absence of a proper director.
Sources said that the Committee has shortlisted three names for the job.
They were shortlisted by the committee among the 24 applicants after interview at Banquet Hall here.
They said that the file is pending before the chief minister to take a final call.
The Institute is headless after superannuation of former Director on June 22. Since then there is no accountability of doctors, no purchases have been made for the institute, the doctors said.
They said that being a premier healthcare institute, SKIMS cannot afford to be headed by a temporary head.
It is not an administrative department which can be run without a real director, they said.
At present, Commissioner Secretary Dr Mandeep Bhandari, a senior IAS officer is heading the institute on temporary arrangement till the director is appointed.
However, his appointment has been criticised and opposed by the doctors in the hospital.
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