The administration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will issue dismissal orders to a senior paediatric doctor at the institute, who had gone on a foreign assignment to the United Kingdom but failed to return within the allotted time period.
The decision was taken around two months ago in a meeting of the governing body chaired by the then union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
The administration had placed an agenda before the governing body seeking quantum of punishment and it was decided that Dr Munni Ray, an additional professor in the department of paediatrics, should be dismissed from services.
Dr Ray was on ex-India leave since June 2011 for a foreign assignment at Leeds General Teaching Hospital, UK.
According to sources, the PGIMER administration has sent draft of orders of dismissal to the director.
As soon as the director will sign the orders, notices will be served on Dr Ray.
As per her leave conditions, Dr Ray was allowed ex-India leave for only two years and had to return from the UK on June 19 last year but she failed to do so.
Instead of joining back, she sent a request for further leave extension citing that her daughter was studying in the UK, so she cannot come back within the allotted time period.
Significantly, foreign assignments have often worked as an escape route for PGIMER faculty. In the past, several doctors had gone on ex-India leave but they never returned.