here is pressure on the hospitals of the summer capital of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir. The SMHS, SKIMS, Lalla Ded Hospital and the Bones and Joints hospitals are flooded with exponential patient flow from the other districts leading to more and more attendant-doctor episodes of arguments and violence in city hospitals. The case in point is there is shortage of doctors in the various district hospitals and the sub-district hospitals of Kashmir. According to the World Bank, India had just 7 doctors for every 10,000 people. When we compare with the rest of the world, China has 19, USA 25 and Australia 33. We need more doctors and many more institutions if we are to meet our healthcare needs. There are sub-district hospitals in the Kashmir valley which are without any on duty gynecologist- which is a crying shame for the healthcare scenario of Kashmir.
Ideally there should be 5-6 gynecologists, anesthesiologists, pediatricians in the district hospitals and for the sub-district hospitals there should be four gynecologists. As per the recent Economic survey (2018) the doctor –patient ratio in Jammu and Kashmir is 1:1658 while as it should be 1:1000. It is amazing that the establishment which prides itself on improving the healthcare scenario of Kashmir is turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the woes of people living in rural areas. The sub-district hospitals of the valley need more doctors so that there is less pressure on City hospitals.
Besides, the doctors need to spend more time in the countryside hospitals and the government could do a great favor to itself by forcing the doctors from rural areas selected for MBBS on the backward areas reservation to serve at least one-third of their active service in the sub-district hospitals of the countryside. We hope the healthcare scenario improves and that in future there is less pressure on the valley hospitals.