‘Elusive’ SKIMS Head Passes On Affairs To Juniors


 “Patient care nowhere; Lifesaving drugs unavailable; Private practice continuing”

SRINAGAR — The patient care at the prestigious healthcare facility, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Services (SKIMS), has again taken a hit—thanks primarily to its director who allegedly spends less time in the Institute after having delegated his authority to his juniors.

According to the Institute sources, the interim director, Dr Umar Javed Shah, has handed over many administrative faculties to senior doctors causing chaos in their respective departments.

Dr Umar Javed Shah was appointed as interim director SKIMS after the government had ordered suspension of three senior faculty members while removing Dr Ahangar as Director ordering his attachment with the GAD till further orders.

The government had taken the decision following complaints of private practice by three doctors despite drawing the non-practicing allowance, according to an official statement.

 “If private practice was the issue, why was the former director removed,” said a source at the hospital adding it was still prevalent there. 

Meanwhile the adjustments the incumbent director has reportedly made defies not only logic but has put a serious question mark on the functioning of this tertiary care medical facility.

Dr Adil Hafeez Wani, who is an expert in plastic, reconstructive and microsurgery, has been placed as in charge appointments. “What has a senior-most doctor, who could otherwise be beneficial to his own faculty, to do with appointments,” a source in the Institute told Kashmir Observer. “Unless this has something to do with the corruption in the appointments, a senior-most doctor wouldn’t be placed at the helm.”

Pertinently, world renowned gastroenterologist, Dr M S Khuroo, had resigned from the services during the PDP-BJP rule after he had reportedly refused to alter an appointment list. He was recalled into the services during the governor Vohra’s rule.

Similarly, HoD Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Dr Imtiyaz Ahmad Naqash, has reportedly been handed over material management.

Prof & unit head Upper GI Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Dr Sameer Ahmad Naqash, is reportedly supervising landscape and affairs of transport.

HoD Medicine, Dr Parvez Ahmad Koul, against whom cases are reportedly pending in the Crime Branch with regard to a Centrally Sponsored Scheme pertaining to H1N1, has been placed as registrar academics

A junior-most employee, Firdous Ahmad Dar who is also the private secretary to the Director, has reportedly been promoted as assistant administrative officer. “A look at his education is enough to tell you whether he’s qualified for the post or not,” the source said.

Amidst all this alleged mismanagement, it’s the patient care that has taken a serious hit. “My father was admitted here a week ago but the doctors are nowhere to be seen,” said Irshad Ahmad of Baramulla. “During the Eid days, the hospital was almost empty with no one to see the patients.”

Another employee likened the hospital situation to the Kashmiri adage “Gurr Phaakai Te Tangas Rang (While the horse is hungry, the cart gets the paint) “The footpaths and roads are being painted while the non-availability of life-saving drugs are putting the lives of patients in danger,” he said.

Attempts to reach the director SKIMS did not materialise as his cell number was constantly “busy”, neither did he respond to an email request from Kashmir Observer. A track alert put on the email confirmed that the director read the mail but chose not to reply.


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