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Health care policy will soon be a reality in JK

Health care policy will soon be a reality in JK
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Srinagar: Much awaited Healthcare Policy is expected to see some light soon, as the government has taken the cognizance of the already submitted healthcare policy by the health department and the process has been set in motion.

Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo told ‘Kashmir Vision’ that the government is looking at the policy and is trying to make it implementable ‘as soon as possible.’

“I have seen it, and you know that there are some elements of it that are already in place, like transfer policy, drug de-addiction policy and other related issues. We are looking at the other aspects of it, and are trying to make them implementable,” he said.

Dulloo said that in future, the government will come out with a comprehensive healthcare policy which will be aimed at the betterment of the healthcare system in the state.

“You see, we don’t want to bring out something which will remain only on paper, we are shaping it in such a way that it should be implementable on the ground and should bring about a change,” he said.

He said that while implementing new policies various road-blocks are witnessed but the government does not want to make it (healthcare policy) that way.

“We are on it and are trying to make it implementable. The policy should and will beyond papers,” Dulloo added.

Pertinently, the health department had submitted the draft healthcare policy-2018 more than six months ago. However, the government took its time to have a look at it. A well-researched policy document was submitted by former Director Health services twice only to get the governments attention.

“In addition to it, the recently published Drug De-addiction Policy is also set for the approval by the State Administrative Council (SAC) next month,” he said.

“We recently put the policy in public domain for suggestions and by November 26 the suggestions will be coming from the public and after that, it will be formally approved by the SAC,” he said.

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