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Medicos to work extra hours to register their ‘anger’   

Medicos to work extra hours to register their ‘anger’   
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Srinagar: Medicos in Kashmir Valley have opted for a novel way of protests. The medicos will be setting an example by working extra time to register their protest against the government for not fulfilling their demands.

Doctors’ Association of Kashmir (DAK) has decided to go novel by deciding to work for extra one hour on Thursday to attract the attention of authorities to get their demands fulfilled and at the same time not to let the general public suffer.

The RDA strike resulted in miseries to the general public for want of treatment and ended on Saturday last without achieving anything tangible apart from suspension and termination orders for the medicos.

DAK, while taking a dig at the government for what it called to have ‘miserably failed in addressing long pending genuine demands’ of State Doctors, advised all the doctors to work one hour extra on July 12 ‘as a mark of protest to press for their genuine demand.’

“We have utilised all forms of democratically accepted protests till date to get our demands addressed and it is unfortunate that government is not giving heed to our legitimate demands. As a mark of protest we have decided to do one hour extra work on Thursday,” President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik told ‘Kashmir Vision’.

“We as a responsible section of the society are well aware of the fact that the people of our state direly need our unflinching services as state lacks a vibrant private or corporate health sector,” Dr Naik added.  All doctors are advised to continue in their respective areas of duty till 5 PM on Thursday.

Pertinently, Resident Doctors of GMC & Associated hospital had earlier resorted to strike in order to press for their demands, however, the move affected the patient care badly and also invited public backlash which termed the strike ‘insensitive,’ as doctors boycotted the emergency services as well, which were later resumed.

Interestingly, the striking doctors had to resume their duties only after around 61 doctors were suspended and 3 were terminated, post invocation of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESAM), with authorities maintaining that “their (doctors’) demands are being pursued.”

In this scenario, DAK seems to be trying something new to press for their demands by not letting the patient care to suffer at the same time.

“Even different civil societies, health societies, media fraternity, NGO’s and even common people have called our long pending demands as genuine and fundamental right of doctors, but it is very unfortunate that state government has failed in addressing them for decades together. Relegated from pay band 3 to pay band 2, it seems that as concerned administration are deriving sadistic pleasure by sitting on our files,’ Dr Owais H Dar, General Secretary DAK said,

“They know as responsible citizens, our profession is our weakness. Therefore, we have decided to work for an extra one hour on Thursday, and we are hopeful that this most accepted democratic form of protest will knock the conscience of those who are presently at the helm of affairs in the state”.

“We are puzzled that instead of addressing the long pending  demands, the authorities are hell bent to muzzle the voice of doctors by targeting  the elected leadership of DAK”, he added.

DAK has appealed Governor N.N Vohra to take a serious look into all the demands of doctors of J&K and “address them once for all, so that this sacrosanct profession will get its sheen back.”

Pertinent to mention, DAK is demanding an ordinance for offence against on duty doctors or damage to hospital infrastructure, caderisation of Medical officers, caderisation of consultants, rationalization of posting, two and half day salary for all doctors, creation of new dental surgeon posts, equal pay for equal work and rural allowances.

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