A faction of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) led by Dr GM Mir called on Health Minister and Medical Education Chaudhary Lal Singh at his Gupkar residence here and apprised him about the grievance and demands of doctor community.
In a statement here a spokesman of the association said, "A delegation led by Dr Waqar, drew attention of the ministers towards the difficulties faced by the doctors while discharging their professional duties. The Minister was explained about the incidence of violence in hospitals which mostly are directed towards doctors and paramedics."
"The Minister was also told that vandalism in hospital, also leads to damage of the hospital property and costly equipment which later on causes more problems for the patients for the reasons of lack of equipment. In this context, delegation demanded that an ordinance be promulgated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as has been already done in sixteen other states of India, wherein those involved in such crimes are being booked in sections which are non bail able and are made to pay three times the cost of the equipment they damage," he added.
Doctors also expressed displeasure over a recent Government order in which doctors have been told to prescribe generic medicines rather than branded formulations and requested the minister to revoke this order as such drugs are not yet available in the hospitals and STP has not been formulated.