DAK versus KAS: Doctors say civil officers have “sham superiority approach”

SRINAGAR: J&K government’s two appendages are caught in a war, literally, and informally. It is between Doctors Association of Kashmir an KAS officers association. The issue pertained to a KAS officer reprimanding a doctor in a peripheral south Kashmir hospital.

A statement issued by the DAK said, they had a meeting in executive expressed serious concern about the “sham superiority approach” of KAS Officers Association wherein they have termed humiliation of a senior doctor as “minor issue”.

It is pertinent to mention here that the video which was viral on social media clearly depicts the “un-parliamentary humiliating behaviour” of the administrator with senior doctor in full public glare which in no way is allowed under rules. Moreover, the statement said, the concerned administrator had forwarded one complaint pertaining to medical complication to SHO Zainapora, Police Station Zainapora that is not allowed under any Rule Book.

“Medical complications are a part of health care delivery system and in no way there was any negligence by the Doctor,” the statement said. “Calling such grave issues minor shows the callous and colonial attitude of the KAS Officers Association.”

DAK welcomes administrative audits but should be in the interest for health care development and not for demoralizing or humiliating the staff unnecessarily who are working under challenging conditions.

DAK already had met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir on December 7, 2017 who has acknowledged the grave issue on technicalities under law and assured for complete resolution of the matter under rules after which DAK withdrew its protest. Besides, the statement said, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir also assured that in future no such incidence will be repeated.

“DAK would not have replied the presser issued by KAS Officers Association as we have full belief in the assurances given by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for complete resolution of the issue but terming the humiliation and CHC Zainapora issue a Minor one is nothing but to demean & instigate every health personnel across state,” the statement said.

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