Cancer Surgeon from London returns again to serve Poor Patients

Srinagar, Dec 10: While it takes a file in government department months and at times years to move from on table to another, authorities of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) recently created a history of sorts. However, unfortunately the file which had been sent to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary twice in a month wasn’t for procurement of any life saving drugs, but to throw out a medico who wants to change the “rotten system” in the SKIMS.
Dr Haji Altaf Gauhar, a Surgical Oncologist had proceeded on protest leave on October 19, 2011 demanding logistic support for the newly created department. The SKIMS authorities failed to provide Dr Gauhar the logistic support he needed to perform cancer surgeries in the super specialty hospital despite orders from the CM.
“I had left on protest leave on October 19 as department of Surgical Oncology wasn’t being provided the logistic support it needs. Instead of providing the much needed support for the department, SKIMS authorities actually ignored the real issues and created a scenario as if I’m absconding and have no interest in running the department,” Dr Gauhar told KNS.
“I was in touch with the SKIMS authorities in this period and I would have rejoined the department after the demonstration wrote to me that there is no scope for protest leave. However, I had disc problem due to which I couldn’t rejoin. But in just one month time, my case had been sent to the chairman of the SKIMS Governing Body (CM) and the CS for my termination thrice. Not only that notices were published in newspapers against me,” he added.
A senior official in the administration told KNS that a strong lobby in the SKIMS, who don’t want that Surgical Oncology department should flourish and a professional doctor like Dr Gaugar should run it, were behind sending the file to the CM for his termination.
“Under service rules, Dr Gauhar had to been given ample opportunity before such a decision had to be taken. But private practice mafia who are calling the shots in the SKIMS don’t want Dr Gauhar to stay in the SKIMS as it would hurt their personal interests,” he added.
Dr Guahar re-joined the SKIMS on December 9. “I came back from London again with an aim to serve the poor and need cancer patients in Kashmir. I’m hopeful that I would be provided the required infrastructure to make surgeries. I appeal Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to personally look into the matter,” he said.


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