Amid rise in COVID-19 positive cases and burden on healthcare institutions across Jammu and Kashmir, the government has posted critical care specialists who are needed in ICUs on administrative posts.
In the times of stress on hospitals during pandemic these critical care specialists are being posted as Medical Superintendents, Nodal Officers and on other administrative posts by the Government putting lives of several COVID-19 patients who need care at risk.
According to sources, seven senior anesthetists whose services are needed in the ICUs for incubating the patients and helping junior doctors in patient care have been posted on various administrative posts.
Anesthetist Dr Abdul Rashid Para was recently posted as Medical Superintendent DRDO hospital Khonmoh, Dr Khalid Feroz is RMO SMHS hospital Srinagar, Dr Iqbal Fateh has been made Nodal Officer CHC Chanpora Srinagar, Dr Manzoor has been made Nodal Officer Oxygen Kashmir, Dr Mohammad Yusuf Tak Nodal Officer District Hospital Pulwama, Dr Shabir Sidique is MS Lal Ded Memorial hospital Srinagar and Dr Mushtaq Nodal Officer GMC.
Dr Mohammad Yusuf Tak, Consultant Anesthesia, was made Nodal Officer in a private Nursing Home, Mohammadia Nursing Home, in addition to his own duties at ICU COVID Hospital Pulwama by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama on May 20, 2021.
Also one of the official said that job of anesthetist is a specialised one and his services are needed in the ICUs where patients are fighting for life but has been given an additional job. The Nodal Officer job could have been assigned to any other doctor.
A senior official said that these and other specialists have been posted on administrative posts despite Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar clearly directing against posting of specialists on administrative posts. He also mentioned that some top officials in the Government are more concerned about the career of these doctors rather than fighting COVID-19.