Press Statement

Srinagar, April 04: SCD represents Consultants working in J&K Health Services. Credit for the marked improvement in the indices of peripheral health care services, to a large extent, goes to the consultants of health department. President SCD Dr Maajed Jehangeer said it has been this improvement in health services that DNB courses in various specialities will now be started in 8 district hospitals of valley. Demands of Consultants have been neglected by consecutive governments thereby demoralising the Consultant community of J&K Health Services. SCD demands that various stagnant issues pertaining to the Consultant community of J&K like 1) filling up of existing Consultant posts on fast-track basis, 2) 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. 3) Consultant approved workplace based assessments/appraisals 4) More administrative powers 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. 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. 5) provision of security and implementation of zero tolerance policy towards violence on medical/paramedical personnel 6) risk allowance and post-graduate increments 7) Vacations for Consultants on the analogy of HME Consultants. 8) 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. Finally, no administrator be allowed to indulge in private practise whether they opt for NPA or not. Administrators should be directed to concentrate purely on upgradation of hospital facilities so that hospital staff and patients are made comfortable. 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. Consultants now have pinned high hopes on the present Governor administration and request His Excellency, the Governor of J&K to redress our issues in a time bound manner.

Dr Masood Rashid Spokesperson SCD…

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