Unhappy with health-related policies of the Punjab government, senior medical officer (SMO) of the Khadoor Sahib civil hospital and state president of the PCMS (Punjab Civil Medical Services) Specialists Doctors Union of Punjab Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal resigned from his job on Saturday.
Speaking to HT, Dr Sohal said poor policies of the state government was giving a tough time to specialist doctors working under the health and family welfare department. He said in such circumstances, no doctor wants to work with the department.
“The condition of civil hospitals in the state is pathetic. Not enough facilities are being provided to patients. People think twice before visiting government hospitals for the fear of contracting some disease. The wrath of patients over the mismanagement on the part of government has to be face by doctors,” he said.
Dr Sohal said the government has set up a hierarchy of other officials, including sub-divisional magistrates, over the specialist doctors. “This move has killed the freedom of doctors, who now feel suffocated,” he said.
“Being the union president, I have raised such issues a number of times and held strikes against these anti-people and anti-doctor policies, but the government never took our concerns seriously,” he said.
Dr Sohal said more doctors are ready to quit the job and they may do so in coming months, which will be a major embarrassment for the government led by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Also resentful for being dismisses in 2009, Dr Sohal said: “I have worked my whole life with full dedication and true spirit to serve people, especially during the critical period of militancy in Punjab. The government awarded me for this by dismissing me on basis of baseless allegations in April 2009. I fought the case in the Punjab and Haryana high court, which reinstated me in April 2011. After being reinstated, I made a number of requests to the top health authorities seeking job benefits during the dismissal period, but nothing was done.”