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SKIMS Governing Body ratifies action against docs, Ex Dir

The Governing Body of the SKIMS today ratified the action taken against three faculty members for indulging in private practice and directed SKIMS to institute a full-fledged inquiry in terms of relevant rules.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here today, who is also chairperson of the Governing Body.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said SKIMS is a premier health institute of the state and no effort to either demean its reputation or compromise the quality of service to patients would be allowed.

The Governing Body also ratified the decision of the government relieving Prof. A G Ahangar of his duties and directing him to report to the GAD. It also authorised the Chairperson of the Governing Body (Chief Minister) to order appropriate enquiry into the issues related to lack of supervision and control by Prof. A G Ahangar over the recent months.

The Governing Body also ratified the decision of entrusting Prof. Omar Javed Shah, Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, with the charge of the Director and Ex-Officio Secretary to Government till further orders.

The Governing Body also decided to constitute a small management committee to be set up by SKIMS which shall meet periodically to monitor the functioning of the Institute and recommend measures as would be required to improve its overall functioning.

Those who attended the meeting of the Governing Body included Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Baghat; Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu; Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; Prof. Omar Javed Shah, Director, SKIMS; Principals of GMC, Srinagar, Jammu and SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar; Prof. M S Khuroo, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal and Prof Altaf Ramzan (all members of the Governing Body).

It may be mentioned here that Republic TV did a sting operation wherein it exposed three senior doctors of SKIMS indulging in private practice despite that fact that legally they are not allowed to do so as they receive non practicing allowance.

Following the exposé, the government placed the three doctors under suspension and also attacked Director SKIMS with GDA.

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