Bad start for SKIMS takeover of 15 health centres in Bandipora, Ganderbal

No Staff Allocated Yet

Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 16 2017 12:34AM | Updated Date: Dec 16 2017 12:34AM
Bad start for SKIMS takeover of 15 health centres in Bandipora, GanderbalFile Photo

The future of 15 health centers in Bandipora and Ganderbal recently taken over by Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, remains shaky for now as no staff has been posted at these centers.

The SKIMS has now resorted to stopgap arrangements.

Directorate of health services Kashmir (DHSK) recently withdrew its staff from 15 health centers, which were then taken over by the SKIMS on the directions of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. 

A source in the health department said the SKIMS administration recently directed departments of medicine, surgery and a few other departments to make a roaster of their doctors to be deputed for these peripheral institutions.

The order, as per the source, has met with resistance from doctors at the SKIMS who are being deputed to peripheral areas. 

“No doctor in SKIMS is ready to work in a peripheral institute and this disinterest will eventually hit patient care,” the source said. 

He said that many SKIMS doctors have expressed their displeasure to their department heads.

 “SKIMS is already short of resident staff. To appease politicians, the SKIMS administration did not utter a word to tell them that there are constraints,” said a senior faculty member at the SKIMS.

However, a healthcare administrator argued that such posting would help doctors understand rural healthcare needs better and also train them better.

“Deputation to rural and peripheral hospitals must be made mandatory for every doctor, irrespective of the institute. This would help in improving overall healthcare delivery,” he said.

But, SKIMS senior faculty members have a different opinion. 

“We at SKIMS have a beeline of patients to attend. Due to recent changes in rules we do not even have half of the resident staff strength that we had earlier and now we have 15 more health institutions to cater to,” said the senior faculty member. 

A doctor working at the SKIMS said that while it was essential for community and social medicine department of any hospital to have peripheral and rural health centers associated with it for better training of its professionals, such deputation is, however, not required for other departments.

“Why should a resident or a consultant from anesthesia, surgery or gynaecology departments be forced to serve in peripheries?” he said.

Many SKIMS doctors said that the takeover of these peripheral institutes should have happened only after a plan for sustaining the move, like hiring new staff. Or, the control should have been handed over to the DHSK entirely.

Besides, Community Health Center Sumbal, SKIMS took over PHC Trigam, new type PHC (NTPHC) Nowgam, Asham and Odina; Unani dispensary at Ganistan and Shadipora and Sub Centres at Panzinara, Dangerpora, Zalpora, Nesbal, Gadkhud, Ankhul, Shilwat and ChekGanistan.


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