The state government is likely to enact a law that will permit it to sack doctors who do not accept their transfers and postings in hill areas.
The government will take up the matter in the next cabinet meeting likely to be held in a couple of days. Following the cabinet nod, the state government will table its plan in the assembly to legislate the act. According to sources, the law may include mandatory postings in the hills for the doctors.
The step is being termed as part of chief minister Harish Rawat’s declared move to take tough measures to set the wheel of good governance in motion.
Rawat has been receiving complaints that many doctors were approaching the authorities with the request to deploy them in the plains instead of the hills where medical and health care need immediate attention.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, the chief minister said, “The government wants to make it binding on the doctors to work in the hill areas for a certain period of time.” He said, “tough decisions are needed in order to provide better medical services in all parts of the state”.
He made it clear that the state government was of the view that the services of the doctors who refuse to join postings in the hill areas should be terminated. He indicated that such a tendency could only be handled by brining in the law.
Rawat is apparently not happy with the attrition rate of doctors deployed in the hill areas.
More than 80% of the state comprises the hill areas where majority of population resides. However, the people here don’t get adequate medical facilities mainly as doctors refuse to posting in the hills.