SKIMS ‘Autonomy’: Political Class Concerned, Flag Consequences

SRINAGAR: The move to strip the valley’s premier tertiary care health institute Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) of its autonomous status, has garnered criticism from the political parties with NC, CPI(M) calling for its rollback.

The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq on Tuesday said that SKIMS has had a step motherly treatment under the current set up and the present dispensation has gone a step further by snatching its financial and operational autonomy.

Tanvir said, “SKIMS has gone beyond delivering the state of art health care in producing skilled manpower including doctors, paramedics and technicians. The institution was kept out of government control to ensure efficiency and fast deliverance of facilities,” adding, “Undermining the autonomy of SKIMS by bringing it under the administrative control of the health department also runs opposite to the government’s minimum government and maximum governance slogan.”

The institution has been involved in imparting quality education and training to aspirants and should not be treated at par with government medical colleges, Tanvir Sadiq added.

Demanding immediate roll back of the decision, Tanvir said that government should stop toying with the institutional integrity and autonomy of the premier institute.

“Over the years, SKIMS has provided patient care much better than other facilities in the region. Stripping what little autonomy this top-tier institution had will have an adverse impact on both the patient care and research” CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami said in a Tweet.

Tarigami said the move will also affect its decision-making process and inter-departmental coordination.

“The government should stop toying with the institutional integrity and autonomy of the premier institute,” he added.


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