STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of J&K High Court comprising Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Sindhu Sharma on Wednesday constituted a committee of experts which will visit the hospitals to examine the infrastructure, equipments, experts and human resource available and submit a report before this court to proceed further in the manner so that best infrastructure is created. The court constituted the committee while hearing two different petitions regarding improvement of medical facilities and the infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, the court observed that it is not an expert body to advice on the issues as to how medical infrastructure available in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has to be improved and in what manner, it could be raised at par with the best medical facilities available. It was shared at the time of hearing that for treatment of many of the diseases, sometimes quite elementary, patients have to travel towards Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Delhi or other places. “We should try to create the facilities where the patients should come in this direction. It will not be out of place to add here that few early hours in a Trauma case are quite crucial. In case proper medical aid is not provided, results can be disastrous”, the court observed. The committee constituted by the court comprised of members for Jammu Division including Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Retired Director PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr. Ravi Gupta, Medical Superintendent Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Dr. H. L. Goswami, Retired Principal, Govt. Medical College, Dr. Rattan P Kudyar, Retired Associate Professor, (Endocrinologist), Govt. Medical College, Jammu, Director, Health Services, Jammu and Principal, Government Medical College, Jammu and for Kashmir Division Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Retired Director PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr. Ravi Gupta, Medical Superintendent Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Kaisar Ahmed, Ex. Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr. Showket Zargar, Retired Director, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Director, Health Services, Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar. DB directed that the Committee shall be headed by Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Retired Director PGIMER, Chandigarh. Director Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, respectively shall coordinate and work as the Member Secretary of the Committee. DB further observed that the members of the Committee have very graciously consented to lend their services for a noble cause, as they had been concerned with the medical education and medical facilities for the citizens for a long time. Service to the mankind is their motto, the court observed. DB further observed that though we all know that a service provided by a doctor to a patient cannot be measured in terms of money, but still as an honorarium, we direct that the member of the committee shall be paid honorarium in terms of the guidelines issued by the Medical Council of India for inspections. All kind of facilities shall be provided by the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, commensurate with the status of the member of the Committee, who shall be given due regard, the court added. DB further said that the members of the committee are requested to visit the main Government Hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir at the first instance. “They need to examine the current facilities available with regard to infrastructure, human resource and equipments in various faculties- departments. Wherever improvement is required recommendations be made for the same. If execution has to be in phased manner, the same be also suggested. If approximate cost is also indicated, the same will be of immense help. It shall be the duty of the Director Health Services Jammu and Kashmir to coordinate with the other members of the committee to find out convenient timings for their visit”, the court observed. DB further directed that all concerned in the respective hospitals are expected to render all possible help and furnish the member of the Committee correct data, so as to enable the members of the Committee to furnish proper report to this court. “It may be kept in mind that it is not an adversarial litigation. The only idea behind is improvement of facilities to serve the humanity. Object is not to find faults”, the court observed. “This Court appreciates the services being provided by the doctors in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. But improvement in infrastructure will further help them provide better facilities and give them job satisfaction also. Hence, it is expected that whatever fair opinion or suggestion the doctors available in various hospitals can give to the members of the Committee, the same will go in a long way to provide best medical facilities to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir”, the court maintained.
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