SHRC directs govt to engage retired doctors during emergency including strike

Srinagar, Jul 16: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday asked the government to prepare a list of superannuated doctors willing to work during emergency situations including the strike of on-duty doctors.
“Some of the States have experimented with the idea of engaging retired Doctors on contractual/ voluntary basis during the period of the strike,” the commission observed.
“Government can explore the possibility of utilizing services of retired Doctors during emergencies caused by Doctor’s strike or natural and other calamities,” it said.
“Hopefully, this arrangement will work to minimize the inconvenience caused to the patients in case Doctors go on strike or in case there is an extraordinary burden on Hospitals or in case of natural or other calamities,” chairperson of SHRC Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki said.
He directed the Chief Secretary to file an action taken report within three months.
The Commission was hearing a Suo-moto cognizance report regarding doctors’ strike and observed that patients had suffered on account of the strike.
Doctors of GMC Srinagar boycotted routine and emergency duties during their indefinite strike early this month which affected the patient care badly and prompted the SHRC to take suo-moto cognizance.