‘Autonomous model’ best for hospitals: Advisor Sharma

Advisor Kumar asks doctors to upgrade skills to stay relevant

Zehru Nissa
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 6 2018 1:22AM | Updated Date: Dec 6 2018 1:24AM
‘Autonomous model’ best for hospitals: Advisor SharmaInfo Deptt

Governor’s advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma said on Wednesday that the “autonomous models” to run big institutions like hospitals have proven more successful than other models, even as he appreciated the performance of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in providing tertiary-care facilities to people over the years.

Speaking at the 36th annual day celebrations of SKIMS here, Sharma, who was the guest of honour, said that during his previous positing in the government of India, “we looked at different models of hospital administration to see which model can excel and work well”.

He said three models were found—government-run institutions, privately-run institutions and autonomous institutions.

“This (autonomous) model which is like the one seen at the all-India institute of medical sciences (AIIMS), and at SKIMS, gives autonomy to the governing body comprising a chairperson and those who are professional doctors and members from various backgrounds. This model is found to have done outstandingly well,” Sharma said, adding: “This model has done well not only in the medical field, but in other fields as well.”

The advisor said that even though funds to run these institutions come from governments, the governing bodies are empowered to “take quick and right decisions, analyse weaknesses and bring about interdepartmental coordination”.

Sharma said that “best decisions come out from institutions which are given autonomy and are governed and managed by their doctors.”

Sharma said the state government was working towards restarting work on stalled healthcare projects, in addition to upgrade health facilities in the state.

He said the governor has approved setting up of a new corporation which will fund languishing projects by way of raising loans.

He said that projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees have already been approved under the new arrangement, including a cath-lab for SKIMS, and MRI facility and a drug de-adddiction center at the SKIMS medical college.

“The government is very clear that the SKIMS should continue to receive maximum support,” he said.

Another advisor to governor K Vijay Kumar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that government is working towards equipping healthcare with requisite manpower.

“A step has been already initiated in this regard,” he said and added that 4000 doctors appeared for the written test for recruitment of medical officers recently.

Recalling his association with SKIMS, Kumar said he respected “nobility of the profession that treats each patient, irrespective of the background, in the same way”.

He spoke about indispensability of doctors in an era of robotics in medicine.

“If you acquire newer skills, upgrade your skills, and catch up, you will always stay relevant,” he said.

Kumar, according to an official statement, also recalled the contribution of SKIMS founder and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.

“My first interaction with Sheikh sahib was when I visited a guest house in Tamil Naidu, where he had come for vacations,” Kumar recalled, and added: “It was overwhelming to see how he would talk about his vision for the State.”

Kumar, according to the statement, lauded the SKIMS authorities for their immense contribution in the field of medicine and healthcare in the state.

“I have been associated with SKIMS since 1997. I used to come to SKIMS to look after the patients who were the victims of the situation,” he said. “You took equal care of all. That’s where humanity in doctors comes in. There is nothing that counts. You are in a noble service and I am extremely delighted that I am closely working with the medical fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.”

On technology and medicine, Kumar said that the new inventions and techno-inputs were creating wonders in the field of medicine across the world.

On the occasion, Kumar e-inaugurated various new projects at SKIMS, including a burn ward, an endoscopy lab and a pediatric OPD.

Pertinently, SKIMS was conceptualised four decades back to tide over the sufferings of common people by providing specialised healthcare services, the statement read. 

“Dr Ali Muhammad Jan proposed the idea of SKIMS to Sheikh Muhammad  Abdullah, who put in all his efforts and made SKIMS, which is catering thousands of patients today, a reality. The foundation stone was laid in 1978 and SKIMS was officially commissioned on December 5, 1982,” the official statement read.

Director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah, highlighted the importance of expanding the infrastructure and manpower at SKIMS to maintain the quality of healthcare delivery.

“At SKIMS, we have 806 beds to cater to a population of 12 million people,” he said, and spoke about various initiatives that were being taken in terms of upgrading medical education and patient services at the Institute.

Dr Raffit Hassan, renowned cancer researcher in USA delivered ‘Sher-e- Kashmir Oration’.

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