Doctors On Unauthorised Absence To Face Axe

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SRINAGAR — After terminating the services of 65 doctors for unau­thorized absence from duties, a fresh list of erring doctors who have skipped duties for a long time has been prepared to take action against them.

The pressure on the govern­ment has mounted to improve the health care in the state. “This is because of complaints against doctors for their lacka­daisical approach in fulfilling their duties,” said an official.

“There are around 10 more absent doctors, who have not responded to the notices from the state government’s Health and Medical Educa­tion department,” an official in health and medical edu­cation department added. “Their list is being framed and will be issued soon.”

In September of the total 85 absent doctors the govern­ment terminated services of 65 who were on the rolls of Health and Medical Education Department. As per the sourc­es, the Health department on September 17 sent a final no­tice to these doctors asking them to join their departments within 15 days. However sources said that none of these doctors have responded to the notice even after the culmina­tion of the deadline. This year so far the government has ter­minated 33 doctors from Kash­mir’s health directorate and 32 of Jammu directorate.

Last year, around 150 doc­tors were terminated who had failed to re-join their services while services of 100 such doctors also ended in 2016 for the same reasons.

The state government ear­lier accorded sanction to the re-constitute a Departmental Committee to examine the cases of doctors or any “officer/official of subordinate office re­lated to the un-authorized ab­sence/ over-stay on deputation/study leave cases or any other.”

An official of the Health De­partment said that notices were issued to all such doctors who had been unauthorizedly absent from their duties.

“Most of them didn’t reply to these notices following which the government terminated over 200 from their services since 2016,” the official said.

The official said these doctors have shifted to other states or gone aboard and started prac­tice in private hospitals with­out informing the department.

One of the terminated no­tices issued to these doctors reads that, “In terms of Ar­ticle 128 of J&K, CSR Vol-I, the services of following doctors are here by terminated from the respective dates of their unauthorized absence. These doctors had been absent for more than five years.”

Sources said this step has been taken as health depart­ment has been facing dearth of doctors while the absentee doctors had occupied hundreds of posts without serving here.

The doctor patient ratio in J&K is 1:2104 as against the rec­ommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) of 1:1000, which is grossly in-sufficient.

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