Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that health department has become an industry of transfers and no attention is being paid to improve the standards of patient care in peripheral health institutions which are in complete shambles.
While expressing concern over dismal functioning of peripheral health institutions, in a statement to KNS, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that the health department has assumed an industry status where the criteria of transfers is corruption, nepotism and political influence.
The health department has been converted into a lucrative transfer industry and patient care is a forgotten entity.
There is a deep rooted nexus between officers in the department and some higher ups who manage the choicest postings of influential doctors.
Money is exchanged for transfers in the department and there is a Mafia running this transfer industry.
Politicians and Bureaucrats post their kith and kin on places of their choice and those who do not have political influence get punishment postings.
Blue-eyed doctors enjoy the privilege of prize postings and voiceless suffer.
Doctors instead of focusing on patient care are seen in power corridors to secure their places of postings.
This messy transfer system in health department has deprived people living in far flung areas of access to health care personnel and they are forced to go to private clinics.
Transfer policy which was adopted in the interest of patient care and to address the shortage of doctors in far flung areas has been shelved and is confined to papers only.
The influential doctors are posted on their places of choice for decades in brazen violation of transfer policy. They manage their postings anytime, anywhere at their will.
On one hand politicians show concern about shortage of doctors in far flung areas, on the other hand on their directions doctors are posted for decades in and around Srinagar city. (KNS)