DAK decry govt’s drug policy

Srinagar, Feb 13: The Doctors’ Association Kashmir (DAK) has alleged that the recently approved drug policy was mere eyewash.  
 This was stated at a meeting of the Association central executive held here with its president, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan in chair.
 “Regarding the government’s drug policy, the Association is of the opinion that even though the state definitely needed a strict and uniform drug policy, but the present one is a mere eyewash and simple lip service to public. The draft is silent on various pertinent issues. It was decided that the issues will be discussed with doctors’ fraternity and other stakeholders and an appropriate response will be given soon through a press conference. It is pertinent to mention here that a delegation of DAK, recently met DHS (K) in this regard and expressed there concern about the drug policy. Director Health Services assured the delegation that there genuine concerns will be brought to the notice of concerned authorities,” said a spokesman of the Association in a statement.
 The meeting was attended by all the central executive members, besides, representatives of various districts.
 Besides the drug policy of J&K government, the transfer of doctors, fixing of rate list of doctors for various surgical procedures also came up for discussion at the meeting, he said.
 The recent transfer list of B-Grade specialists also came up for the discussion, he added. “Even though as a policy matter DAK welcomes the registrars/ senior residents who have completed there tenure of trainings, it demands that they should be immediately relieved so that those who are waiting for their trainings get there chances,” said the spokesman, threatening that Association would be forced to move to the Court for justice if this was not done immediately.   
 Regarding the fixation of rate list, the spokesman said it was “surprising that the rate list was only for valley doctors, while as doctors coming from other states were being facilitated by government here.” “These doctors charge hefty sums as consultation charges and take thousands and lakhs of rupees for surgical procedures. But the government deliberately ignored it,” he said.  
 The Association has impressed upon the authorities that all the doctors whether local or outsiders should be brought under the purview of the Act. “It was decided in the meeting that doctors across the state would be made aware about these issues and a joint response will be given to government. To start awareness of doctors, the DAK will be holding a seminar at DH Islamabad (Anantnag) on February 15.” 

Lastupdate on : Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST




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