Rattled by frequent public complaints concerning non-availability of doctors and paramedical staff, the Nalagarh block medical officer (BMO) on Monday raided the primary health centre (PHC) in Baddi and found two doctors and five employees absent from duty.
The BMO later slapped show-cause notices on the erring doctors and paramedical staff, asking them to explain their position within a week, failing which departmental action would be initiated against them. The BMO also froze the release of their salaries till they filed a satisfactory reply.
Notably, a large number of patients had assembled outside the PHC on Monday morning after none of the doctors and staff concerned arrived till 10am. The agitated crowd, including trade union leaders and public representatives, staged a dharna inside the hospital complex and raised anti-health department slogans. The protesting patients were demanding immediate departmental action against the erring officials as despite repeated requests, the doctors, who often chose to stay in Chandigarh and other parts of neighbouring states instead of their places of postings in accordance with the government's order, were habitual latecomers, causing hardships to the patients.
Following public protest, BMO Harmohinder Chhada raided the hospital and found two doctors, laboratory technician, a pharmacist, in charge of Aids control programme and others absent from duty.
The BMO said that after receipt of public complaints, he arrived at the hospital and found that the erring officials did not arrive in the PHC till 10.15am. “Show-cause notices have been slapped on the erring officials and their salaries have also been frozen till further orders,” Chhada added.