Resident doctors’ strike; Health services affected in SKIMS

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/11/2018 2:41:32 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 10: Health Services continued to remain affected in SKIMS Soura today due to an indefinite strike by resident doctors.
However, the Emergency Services have been exempted from the strike.
The resident doctors are on strike against the attachment of Director SKIMS Dr A G Ahangar.
The state government removed Dr Ahangar from the post of Director few days back after a sting operation by a national TV news channel showed three heads of department (senior faculty members) indulging in private practice despite getting non-practicing allowance. All the three doctors were suspended and the Director was attached with the office of Divisional Commissioner.
The resident doctors strongly resented the government move against Dr Ahangar and demanded that he be reinstated. They went on an indefinite strike.
Because of the strike, the health services were affected in wards and Out Patient departments also. A number of routine surgeries could not performed. However, resident doctors were attending emergency services including emergency operations.
Because of the strike, some patients moved to other hospitals, including SMHS hospital, for treatment.
A representative of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) SKIMS said that the doctors
will continue the protests and boycott general duty till the Director is not reinstated. “The decision by the government to remove the Director is highly condemnable. We stand in solidarity with him as he was removed despite that there is nothing against him. If he is not reinstated immediately, we will withdraw from Emergency duties as well,” he said.
The Non-Gazetted Employees Welfare Association (NGEWA) also joined the protest programme of RDA and threatened to boycott all emergency duties if the ousted director Ahangar is not reinstated immediately.



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