All services, except emergency unit, came to a near halt at District Hospital Doda on Friday after all the doctors and paramedics went on an indefinite strike to protest against the alleged authoritarian attitude of District Development Commissioner, who had ordered suspension of a consultant surgeon "without any valid reason."
There was total chaos as strike put hundreds of OPD patients and those admitted in District Hospital Doda to inconvenience as there was no one to attend them.
According to reports, District Development Commissioner Doda, Bhupinder Kumar, ordered suspension of a consultant surgeon of DH Doda, Dr Rakesh Kumar on April 10 after attendents of a patient complained against him for not performing surgery in time.
Striking doctors while refuting the allegation said that Dr Rakesh was being targetted as part of a personal vendetta.
They alleged that DDC ordered suspension in haste and without holding an inquiry.
"We are already facing acute shortage of doctors and by ordering suspension of a thorough professional, you are further discouraging them to perform their duties here. The suspended surgeon is in a state of shock as the allegations made against him are completely false and baseles," said a senior consultant Surgeon Dr A. A. Khan.
He demanded immediate revocation of the suspension order, failing which, he said all the senior doctors will proceed on protest leave from tomorrow.
When contacted, Chief Medical Officer Doda, Dr Wajid Ali Najar said, "If doctor is at fault, there should be a proper inquiry, only then action should be initiated. Unfortunately DDC acted in haste and ordered suspension of a competent Surgeon without listening to other side of the story."
"I have approached and requested DDC to revoke the suspension order in the interest of administration and for the sake of common public. As of now, all the doctors and paramedics are on indefinite strike," he added, saying that hopefully the deadlock will end soon.
Despite repeated attempts, DDC Doda, Bhupinder Kumar couldn't be contacted for comments.