Patients not treated with dignity in Kashmir hospitals: DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Sunday claimed that patients are not treated with dignity and respect in the hospitals in Kashmir.

“Patients feel alienated by non-committal attitude and professional distance they encounter at hospitals in Kashmir,” DAK President, Dr Nisar ul Hassan, said, adding, “Failure to take into account the patients’ concerns and expectations leave them (patients) dissatisfied.”

“As much as medical competence, kind words, compassion and empathy have an equal role in treatment. But this need is often not met,” he claimed.

The DAK President said that there are reported observations of doctors avoiding discussion on emotional and social impact of patients’ problems, which adversely affects their recovery.