Doctors `not staying` at their area of postings in Jharkhand

Jharkhand government on Friday expressed concern over the continued `absence` of doctors from their places of posting and warned stringent action if they failed to discharge their duty, attending to patients in remote areas.

Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand government on Friday expressed concern over the continued `absence` of doctors from their places of posting and warned stringent action if they failed to discharge their duty, attending to patients in remote areas.

"It has come to the government`s notice that despite directives, the presence of doctors is not reported at various hospitals; a cause for concern, as it may lead to extremism
because problems of common people remain unresolved," chief secretary AK Singh told newsmen here.

Stating that a fresh letter was sent to secretaries of the health and the personnel departments respectively, Singh asked them to ensure presence of doctors and other lower rung employees at their places of posting so that relief measures in the drought-affected state also could be taken up without any hindrance.

"We have asked deputy commissioners to send attendance sheets by 10th of every month, covering district hospitals and primary health centres to know doctors presence. Action will be taken against those flouting the directive.

"Some (doctors) say that their residences have become godowns for medicines. The government will ensure they get proper residence and security," Singh said.

At least six Naxal outfits, including the CPI (Maoist) operate in Jharkhand whose eighteen of the 24 districts officially announced as Naxal-affected.

PTI