Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman and member of legislative assembly (MLA) from Ramnagar Harsh Dev Singh, has strongly blamed the health department for acute crunch of doctors and para-medical staff in Ramnagar sub-district hospital, besides other primary health centres (PHC), dispensaries and other health centres in the Ramnagar constituency.
He has accused the health department authorities for transferring even the meager staff, which was earlier posted in SDH Ramnagar, without providing any substitutes.
Singh said it was shocking and distressing to note that the remote and far flung area's health institutions in Ramnagar had virtually become defunct due to the non-availability of desired medical staff.
The MLA added that all representations and reminders in this regard, which were made to the health authorities concerned, had fallen on deaf ears, which had forced the inhabitants of Ramnagar to hold protests in Ramnagar on Friday, besides blocking of roads.
Warning the health department authorities to take immediate note of the emergent situation, he sought deployment and early posting of adequate number of doctors and para medical staff in the area, failing which the people would be forced to observe complete shutdown.
He has demanded filling up of all vacant posts of doctors by holding fresh recruitments against the available vacancies.
Urging upon the health minister to address the health related issues on priority he condemned the attitude of the department concerned in posting more than 75% of the newly appointed doctors in Kashmir region to the utter neglect and deprivation of Jammu region.