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Termination of junior resident: Doctors stage silent sit-in at SKIMS Medical College

Doctors protesting silently on Wednesday against sacking of their colleague

Srinagar: Doctors at SKIMS Medical College, Bemina, on Wednesday staged a silent protest against the termination of a junior resident.

SKIMS Medical College Bemina had terminated the services of a junior resident Asif Ali Bhat for allegedly demanding standard personal protection equipment (PPEs).

 

Holding placards, the medicos assembled in the compound and demanded revocation of the termination order.

“Asking for accredited PPE is our fundamental right. It is very unfortunate, unethical, and unprofessional to terminate a young frontline doctor who just demanded a standard PPE. The government should have at least held an inquiry,” said a junior resident doctor.

Seconding him, another senior resident pointed out that on the one hand, the government is recruiting retired doctors and on the other, a young doctor is being terminated without any inquiry.

President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr. Suhail Naik told The Kashmir Monitor that terminating a doctor for demanding accredited PPE is  “sheer arrogance”.

“The derogatory order issued by the administration without a proper inquiry has shaken the confidence of whole medical fraternity that too at the critical juncture of the pandemic,” Dr. Suhail said.