Non Medicos As Heads of Health Deptt Unacceptable: DAK

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), on Friday said that the government’s proposal to appoint Non-medicos as heads of health department is totally unacceptable.

In a statement DAK showed its strong resentment towards Govt’s proposal of appointing non medicos as heads of Directorate health Services Kashmir, Directorate Health Services Jammu, Director JKACS and Director family welfare and Immunisation.

Dr Suhail Naik, President DAK said that, “We are given to understand that Govt. is mulling to appoint non medicos as heads of different health departments which is nothing but non seriousness of the Govt. towards the  department of health”.

“Many district and sub district hospitals are preparing to start Diplomate National Board (DNB) courses in various specialties to increase the specialized manpower in addition to providing an academic environment in these hospitals. These recognized qualifications awarded by National Board of Examinations(NBE) in various Broad Specialties, Super specialties and Subspecialties are approved by the Government of India and included in the First Schedule of IMC Act 1956 and according to the same act head of the institutions(Director/ Medical superintendents ) has to be have  at least a basic qualification of MBBS & a postgraduate degree  and in addition to that  having a working experience in the health department but unfortunately  Govt. by appointing non medicos as head of these institutions seems in the mood of sabotaging these courses even before starting it” he further said.

Dr Owais H Dar, General Secretary DAK said that “No where in the civilized world do we have such an example of a non-technical person heading a fully technical field. Medical science is a non theoretical field which can be best understood by the person belonging to that field only but it seems the Govt. is least bothered about the welfare of this department and wants to satisfy its ego by implanting non technocrats at the helm of affairs”.

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