SKIMS MCH facing dearth of junior doctors in Accident & Emergency

Irfan Tramboo
SRINAGAR, June 25: SKIMS Medical College and Hospital (MCH), Bemina is facing shortage of junior resident doctors for last more than two weeks now. The crisis has taken a toll on patient care particularly Accident and Emergency services.
To deal with the situation, the hospital administration has now pooled Junior Doctors from various specialties to be posted at the Accident and Emergency. The move has added to the workload of these doctors as well.
The hospital administration in a circular issued on June 19 had admitted that the hospital was facing crisis in Accident and Emergency. In the same circular, the administration had pooled doctors from different specialties into a single rooster till the arrangement is done.
“In view of Jr Resident crisis in Accident and Emergency, Junior Residents working in different specialties are hereby pooled into a single roster to be put on evening night duty once in 15 days till arrangement of permanent Junior Residents is done in A&E. This is purely in interest of patient care and all HoDs / Incharge HoDs and Junior Residents are requested to cooperate,” read the circular issued by the Medical Superintendent SKIMS, MCH Bemina.
However, nothing has been done to deal with the crisis as of now, while the administration is saying that the issue in the Accident and Emergency will be sorted out soon.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, MCH Dr Shefa Deva told Excelsior that the interview for the Junior Residents scheduled is few days. She said that the issue will be resolved in a week’s time.
“Actually, they are busy with NEET and other examinations for their PGs, they will be back soon and also we have an interview scheduled in next few days; the issue will be sorted out,” she said.
She added that there was a dearth of male doctors in the Accident and Emergency and the administration has pooled male junior residents from other specialties to be put on duty there.
“It happened all because of the dearth of male doctors in the Accident and Emergency and that’s why we have roped in male doctors from other specialties; we are making the Accident and Emergency section to function as of now,” she added, assuring that the patients are not facing any difficulties.
Meanwhile, few doctors had come to join as Junior Resident Doctors 3 months ago; however, they were not taken in citing Model Code of Conduct.