Patients in district hospital Shopian today again suffered badly as the outpatient department remains closed since February 27 when the government suspended 21 doctors for being absent from duty. The suspended doctors only examined patients in the emergency and indoor wards.
The administration today inquired into the problems of the patients in the hospital and assured them of all possible facilities.
The patients who had today come to the hospital returned unattended due to the unavailability of the doctors in the OPD.
"The patients who had come from different far flung areas to get treated had to return without any treatment as the doctors were not available in the hospital's OPD," an employee of the hospital said.
"In the morning a rush of patients was seen in the hospital but they faced immense problems due to the non-availability of doctors in the OPD," he said.
"I came here with my patient. I was waiting since morning in OPD for the doctors till noon. There were scores of other patients who needed to be examined by doctors but no one came to see them," Shabir Malik, a local resident, said.
In the afternoon Deputy Commissioner Shopian, G M Dar, sent a team of officers headed by ADC Shopian to check the problems of the patients.
The officers, besides checking the facilities provided to the patients, talked to the suspended doctors.
The doctors are on strike saying that their suspension was unjustified, but the administration is saying that the doctors were absent and were not serious about patient care.
"The doctors were suspended because they were absent, hitting the patient care. They were suspended so that they realize the importance of their duty," Deputy Commissioner Shopian, G M Dar, said.
"The doctors of the hospital and other institutes should realize the importance of their work and work honestly for the people. Presence of a doctor is most important in the hospital than all other facilities. The patients come to hospital with a hope and we must treat him well," the DC added.
However he said that the hospital is now smoothly functional and the administration will sort out the issues.
Pertinently, 21 doctors including the Medical Superintendant of district hospital Shopian were suspended by the administration for being absent from duty on Feb 27. The hospital has a total of 26 doctors.
The locals while appreciating the seriousness of administration towards patent care, requested the Deputy Commissioner to provide all basic facilities in the hospital and have also requested to make regular visits to the hospital to check the attendance of employees and facilities available there.