Doctors ‘on the brink of mental breakdown’ due to BMO’s ‘gross abuse of power’ – Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: More than a dozen doctors working in a medical block in the remote region of Tangdhar, Karnah, have risen up against their immediate administrator for his “gross abuse of power”.
The doctors, 13 in number, wrote to Chief Medical Officer Kupwara about abuse of authority and power by the Block Medical Officer (BMO). The doctors in their complaint letter, a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader, wrote: “We are very often blackmailed into writing negative remarks on our service books and annual progress reports. Our salaries are often delayed and sometimes even withheld under various pretexts. Our block medical officer does not recognize any kind of compensatory time off for extra duty.
He further says, “Such an irrational attitude towards all employees, especially doctors, makes our lives miserable in this already overburdened environment. We are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Doctors often try ways to get out of the block via attachments, deputations. Those who succeed feel lucky as we continue to suffer. We are not asking for more pay or undue transfers, but what we do demand are respectful and humane working conditions.
The doctors also said that they cannot continue their duties under such direction and under such circumstances, because the employees are in depression and have even attempted suicide in the past or quit their jobs.
“Further aggravation of the situation may lead to public order problems,” the letter adds.
Kupwara’s chief medical officer, Dr Bashir Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that all versions have been taken and a report has been sent to the health director for action. He chose not to share the contents of the report.
The block is designated as a difficult area due to its geographical location and difficult working conditions. The block’s medical staff are working at half of the total workforce, the doctors said in their letter.

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