The Punjab and Haryana high court has allowed those Punjab Civil Medical Service (PCMS) doctors to undertake senior residency courses in the medical colleges of Punjab who were denied no-objection certificates by the state health department.
The directions have come from the single judge bench of justice Arun Palli on the petition of four of these doctors who had moved the high court against the government decision. The petitioners had challenged the April 13, 2015, order of the Punjab government that stated that services rendered by the PCMS doctors as senior residents in various government medical colleges would not be considered as service rendered in the department of health and family welfare; and so they were denied the NOC by the health department.
The high court stated that rendering the doctors ineligible would amount to changing the selection criteria and rules of the game after it had been played. The April 13 notification had come after the doctors had cleared the test required by the advertisement put out in December 2014, and been allotted colleges to join. But in April 2015, they were rendered ineligible by a notification.
The petitioners submitted that the condition had not precedent. High court also wondered how and why this notification was issued, as it could only be applied prospectively. The high court directed the medical colleges to permit the PCMS doctors to join senior residency courses provisionally, and it asked the government to submit a reply on August 21, the next date of hearing.