Govt cracks whip as 250 docs refuse duty in villages

Srinagar: Taking strong note of 250 doctors who have allegedly refused to join their duties in remote areas of the state, the government Wednesday warned them to be ready for termination in case they fail to join by Monday. “See we are short of doctors in far flung areas. Government has decided to terminate services of 250 doctors who have “refused” to join their duties in remote areas of the state. Minister for Health Taj Mohi-ud-Din said.

He said that recently 700 doctors were recruited through Public Service Commission (PSC) and posted to different areas of the state including some remote areas. “Of these doctors at least 250 have not joined their duties in remote areas,” the Minister said. “We have decided to terminate their services and subsequently the posts will be re-advertised after Monday.

Taj said: “As per the rules, the Minister said the doctors are duty bound to serve in the villages and remote areas for the first seven years of their tenure. But it has happened  for the first time that 250 doctors have rejected to join the duties and are willing to leave their jobs,” he said. The minister accepted the shortage of doctors in hospitals and other health institutes across the state. “I will not hesitate to say that there is shortage of doctors. The government is concerned and conscious about the situation. But our problem is that the new generation is not willing to serve in the remote places and instead prefer to give up their jobs to move outside state,” he said and added that the government is looking into the problem why the doctors are not willing to go to villages and remote areas. 

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