Doctors call off strike
SRINAGAR: Doctors at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital on Friday called off their strike after Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, ordered a time-bound magisterial enquiry into the incident of assault on one of their colleagues by a junior police officer.
The doctors association said that they can resume the strike unless the enquiry was completed in the stipulated time of 15 days.
Tuesday night, a junior police officer assaulted a doctor Owais Wani when he was on duty in the hospital’s ICU. The incident triggered protests in Srinagar’s government medical college and its associated SMHS hospital.
Doctors alleged that Mohammad Ishaq, SHO of Ram Munshi Bagh police station, whose relative was admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital, repeatedly barged into the ICU accompanied by his escort in civvies, and thrashed the doctor while insisting that the doctor should exclusively attend to his relative.
Divisional Commissioner told Kashmir Reader that an enquiry has been ordered into the incident. “The additional deputy commissioner has been appointed as enquiry officer and he has been told to complete probe within the stipulated time,” Khan said.
“…Shri Vikas Kundal, IAS, additional deputy commissioner, Srinagar is hereby appointed as enquiry officer to conduct a magisterial enquiry into the allegations of manhandling and misbehaving with a resident doctor of SMHS, Srinagar by one (attendant) namely Isaac, who happens to be a police officer. The enquiry officer shall submit his report with explicit recommendations/comments within fifteen days,” the enquiry order reads.
General Secretary of the Resident Doctors Association, Dr Khawar told Kashmir Reader that they have received a copy of the order issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir’s office.
“We have only suspended the strike for fifteen days, not called off. We will resume our strike (in case enquiry is not completed),” Khawar said.
Earlier in the day, patient care remained affected for the third day of strike by doctors against the assault on Tuesday night. While the out-patient department at the hospital remained completely closed, the majority of in-patient wards wore a deserted look. Not a single patient was admitted other than emergency cases over the last two days.
The hospital administration had geared up hospital consultants to take care of patients admitted in the hospital. Despite the measure, attendants complained of lack of proper patient care.
In certain wards, patients complained that that they are forced to go to the casualty section of the hospital if complications occur. Other than paramedics, they said, no doctor remained in the wards.