Apropos your city page dated 28th September 2009 regarding SKIMS doctor's private practice. The great visionaries of our beloved motherland had dreamt of a tertiary care centre where super specialist services will be rendered to the poor who cannot afford to go outside the state. The Institute was to be manned by the people who had required qualification, dedication and a heart to feel the pain of the poor. In seventies and eighties, people have seen veterans like Dr. Abdul Ahad Guroo, Dr. M.S. Khuroo, Dr. M Afzal Wani, Dr Nazir Ahmad Wani, Dr Abdul Hamid Zargar entering SKIMS at 8 in the morning and leaving 8 in the evening, the whole day being busy in operation theatres or in treating the patients.
Who will believe the noted gastroenterologist mentioned in the report. His one soothing word would have helped the patient and he could have been referred to the proper place , i.e. a hospital . His refusal to see the patient reflects the underlying grudge that he could not charge the neighbor for this consultation. Can anybody provide a list of just 30 doctors out of 300 doctors working in SKIMS who do not practice? There are some who only want to legalize this corrupt practice. If this cream of society has opted for SKIMS it is known to them from the very first day that this job is non- practicing. At the same time they avail fat salaries, non-practicing allowances, performance allowances , residential accommodation , central heating facilities , 24 hours electricity , air tickets for attending conferences , and what not?
If any member of the SKIMS faculty has sympathy with the poor people, let them join the Health Services and render their services at District and Sub-District Hospitals of the Kashmir Valley. Don't common people in our rural areas have the right to avail the specialist and sub-specialist services?