Ailing health sector?

Let’s not discourage our own doctors

SYSTEM

DR ABID MALIK

Medical science is an ever-changing field, The clinical approaches, diagnostics and treatments keep on evolving with time. Acquiring medical graduation and post-graduation does not confer an everlasting skill to a medical practitioner. A doctor has to remain abreast with the latest happenings and developments in order to deliver the best possible care to the patients. With the tremendous developments taking place in almost all aspects of the medicine, surgery and the allied super-specialties and sub-specialties, it is very unfortunate that our state has fallen far behind in catching up with time to improve the healthcare. On the contrary, if we have a glimpse of the efforts made by health authorities of other states of the country to provide quality healthcare to the people; we will surely be taken by surprise.
Besides other deficiencies in the prevailing health system in the valley, there also is huge dearth of super-specialists in almost every faculty. It is a sorry state of affairs that as a responsible and accountable body the Health and Medical Education department has utterly failed to keep its pace with the changing scenario, and it is very surprising to see that even in this era when advancements in the medical sciences are at the zenith in other parts of the country, the people of the state can only get a few simple open surgeries and basic lab investigations done even at district level hospitals. One of the main reasons for this is that the doctors after joining the services are, in one way or the other, discouraged to learn newer treatment methods, update their knowledge and therefore, improve their skills. Patients in desperation, therefore, keep thronging the hospitals of other states and directly or indirectly get exploited.
The only institute (SKIMS) of the state offering super-specialist courses has not been able to cope with the deficiencies because many of the departments do not fulfill the criteria for MCI recognition or DNB accreditation. The only option left for the enthusiastic doctors of the state is to register with the institutes in other parts of the country to learn and subsequently bring the state the much needed recent advancements in different fields of medicine and surgery. However, Health and Medical Education department itself has become the biggest obstacle in this regard. Instead of promoting and encouraging the doctors to remain up-to-date, the department has time and again cornered the aspiring doctors by repeatedly rejecting their study leave applications and charge-sheeting them for unauthorized absences if the doctor happens to join these courses while their applications are being processed.
Further undermining the value and status of its own and the doctors of the state, the Department of health and Medical education recently came out with the list of about ninety doctors reporting them absent from their duties and threatening to take disciplinary actions against them. The list surprisingly also shows the names of the doctors, who have applied for study leave and are in pursuit of super-specialization training courses in different institutes of the country. Their only fault is that despite repeated requests and formal applications for a study leave, they were denied a timely permission to go ahead with their endeavor to acquire additional skill which in long run would help to serve the people of the State better. Consequently these doctors were in a way forced to go ahead with their higher studies (the admission to these courses is possible only after years of hard work). Furthermore, it is not possible for any of these doctors to leave the training courses in the middle as the same would lead to cancellation of their registration with the National Board and other universities.
CM should intervene and stop this unjustified harassment of the doctors of the valley. The motive of these doctors should be correctly understood and their desire to bring a much needed improvement in the overall healthcare of the State should be valued and respected. It will be a big loss to the people of the state in general and the Health department in particular if the efforts of these doctors are allowed to go waste. They should rather be encouraged to join back the health department. The services of a super-specialist are welcome in any premier hospital of the country (except, our state, of course) where they can earn three or four times more and that too with honor and dignity.

(Feedback at drabidmalik100@gmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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