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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday welcomed the removal of director SKIMS and suspension of three senior doctors for violating the ban on private practice. B“This is welcome decision,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique.  “ JK government yesterday removed director SKIMS and suspended three senior faculty members after a sting-operation by a private television news channel showed these doctors treating patients at their private clinics,” he said.

DAK President said there is no choice of private practice in SKIMS as it is a non-practicing institute from the very inception. “Private practice by SKIMS doctors was declared as a criminal offence by virtue of a criminal law (amendment) act of 2002,” he informed.  Dr Nisar said despite ban, doctors are openly running their private clinics. This illegal practice has been going on for sometime now and doctors enjoy complete  impunity.

He said  some years back, doctors were caught red-handed doing private practice by Vigilance Organization sleuths, but no action was taken.” “This is for the first time action has been taken.”  Dr Nisar said private practice has eaten away SKIMS and is the root cause of mess in the premier health institution of the state. “Patient care is the greatest casualty,” he said.  Dr Nisar said doctors spend most of their time in private clinics and are not available in the hospital. Their attention and time is directed more towards their private clinics. They give perfunctory treatment to patients in SKIMS so that they visit their private clinics. Doctors misuse the infrastructure and facilities for their private patients at the cost of poor patients who cannot afford private consultation. “The menace of private practice has  plagued SKIMS with lobbyism and infighting that has hit patient care badly,”he said.

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SRINAGAR: The Government today ordered suspension of three senior faculty members of SKIMS, Soura and their immediate attachment with the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. According to a Government order issued here today Prof.(Dr.) Altaf Kirmani,  Dean & Head, Department of General Surgery; Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, Head, Department of Neurology and Dr. Wajid Ali, Head, Department of Neonatology, SKIMS, Soura have been placed under suspension for violating norms of not practicing while serving the SKIMS. The Government has also ordered the attachment of Director, SKIMS, Prof. (Dr.) G. A. Ahangar with the General Administration Department till further orders. This follows complaints of private practice by these three doctors despite drawing Non Practicing Allowance by them.

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  • Inaugurates Budgam’s first private hospital ‘Ibn-Sina’ in Budgam

 

SRINAGAR: Highlighting the need for the government to handhold private sector, especially in sectors such as healthcare, Minister for Power Development, Naeem Akhtar today urged private hospitals to strengthen their emergency care and abilities for performing complicated surgeries and other treatments. The Minister was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of Budgam district’s first private hospital “Ibn-Sina” located right outside the Ompura railway station.

 

Akther said that most of the existing private hospitals do not match up to the tertiary care which the government hospitals provide, despite being home to quality doctors; Kashmir lacks a holistic healthcare system. The Minster said that at the government and private level we are always bothered about whether a doctor is punctual and if he is doing private practice or not. We should rather create an ecosystem in healthcare where services such as paramedics, nursing and sanitation are provided attention.

 

District Development Commissioner Budgam, Muhammad Haroon Malik said Ibn-Sina hospital will help to “fill the void of a quality private hospital” in Budgam district.  “Institutionally Budgam is lagging behind but efforts in healthcare such as Ibn-Sina rekindle the hope that entrepreneurs foraying into healthcare are ready to provide good facilities to common people,” Malik said.

 

Director Health Services (Kashmir), Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman who was also present at the inauguration ceremony said apart from providing healthcare services to people from Srinagar and Budgam, ‘Ibn-Sina’ hospital can also cater to the needs of patients from peripheries. Dr Rehman said emergency and trauma care are areas which private hospitals need lay special emphasis on. Among those who were present at the event included SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh, CEO Peaks Group, Baldev Singh.