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SCD seek redress of their issues

SRINAGAR, April 4: Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD) JK have sought redress of their long pending demands.

In a statement President SCD Dr Maajed Jehangeer said there has been improvement in health services and now DNB courses in various specialities will be started in eight district hospitals of valley.

He however, said that demands of consultants have been neglected by consecutive governments thereby “demoralising” the consultant community of J&K Health Services.

He said they have been demanding, “Filling up of existing consultant posts on fast-track basis. Implementation of promotion scheme on the analogy of GMC faculty i.e, caderisation into consultants, senior consultants and chief consultants. Chief consultants should be brought on board as policy makers to the government. Consultant approved workplace based assessments/appraisals.”

He said they have been demanding that more administrative powers be given to consultants to run their departments/units.

“Consultants should be given their due and genuine share in administrative posts of the Health department with initial appointment on a post not less than  medical superintendent in a district hospital based on seniority. All senior administrative posts should be filled on the basis of seniority in respective cadres.”

The SCD further demanded, “For the purpose of appointment to a higher administrative post, an A- class gazetted officer should be placed higher than a B class gazetted officer and so forth. Provision of security and implementation of zero tolerance policy towards violence on medical/paramedical personnel.  Risk allowance and post-graduate increments. Vacations for consultants on the analogy of HME consultants. Consultants and specialists should be posted in hospitals having infrastructure and facilities commensurate with the skill and qualifications of the consultant so that these can be utilised properly. No administrator be allowed to indulge in private practise whether they opt for NPA or not.”

Spokesperson SCD Dr Masood Rashid said, “We reiterate that various representations have been made to the previous governments but unfortunately previous governments in power have paid no heed to our genuine and highly reasonable demands that have professionalism and patient safety as their core concept.”

They have now appealed the Governor administration to redress their issues.


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