Srinagar, Oct 9: The dental surgeons and students of Government Dental College and hospital Srinagar, went on an indefinite strike from Monday, paralysing work in the hospital.
The strike has been organized against government's proposal to grant registration to 10 persons to the "Part B" of dentists, which they said was in total violation of government's own orders, and would mar the future of professional doctors.
According to the striking surgeons and students, the additional secretary to Government Health and Medical Education Department has written a letter to the registrar J&K State Dental Council asking him about the status of renewal of registration of 10 persons in part "B."
The letter reads: "I am directed to refer you this department's letter No.HD/03/Dentist/04-NG dated 22.6.2005 followed by a reminder dated 5.9.2005 where under your were directed to renew the registration of the 10 persons who have already been registered in the part 'B' of dentists. Your are requested to intimate why action has not been taken in the matter despite clear directions from the administration department. The reply in the matter should reach to this department within one week positively."
The striking doctors told Greater Kashmir that the part "B" of dental register in which dental assistants, dental mechanics and dental hygienists were given status of a doctor was closed forever in 1977 by the government keeping in view the professional surgeons passing out of the dental college. "This is also a clear violation of the Dentist Act 1948," the striking doctors said.
The surgeons and students held protests against the government proposal, shouted anti-government slogans and demanded immediate cancellation of the proposal. Patients coming from various parts of the Valley faced difficulty due to the strike.
"The government is promoting quackery by giving such persons doctors status which is misleading the patients," said the Indian Dental Association state branch president, Dr Farooq Ahmad.
When contacted, the Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, Anil Goswami told Greater Kashmir that he would look into the matter. "Let the doctors come to me and give me details," he said, adding that he hasn't received any communiqué from the striking doctors.