Rope in retired medicos during doctors’ strike, calamities: SHRC tells government


J&K State Human Rights Commission on Monday recommended that during strike by the doctors and natural calamities, the government should engage retired doctors on contractual or voluntary basis so that health services are not affected. 
The recommendations were made by Justice Bilal Nazki chairperson of SHRC on a case regarding ‘strike of doctors’.
The commission said that while going through the material/reports on the file, it becomes clear that the patients suffer badly when there is strike by the doctors or when there are natural calamities. 
The commission said that certain steps need to be taken by the government so that such eventualities are addressed in future.
“Some of the states have experimented with the idea of engaging retired doctors on contractual/ voluntary basis during the period of strike,” the commission said, adding that the government can explore the possibility of utilizing services of retired doctors during emergencies caused by doctors’ strike or the natural and other calamities.
“Government is directed to prepare a list of retired doctors willing to work in such eventualities either on payment or without payment,” the commission said.
It said such list “be maintained in each district and in each hospital, so that services of such doctors are utilized at times of need.” 
Hopefully, this arrangement will help minimize the inconvenience caused to the patients in case doctors go on strike or in case there is extraordinary burden on hospitals or in case of natural or other calamities, the commission said.

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