In a major shakeup, the Health Department is planning to dismiss around one thousand missing doctors from the service at the same time the department plans to recruit over five thousand doctors to fill up the vacant posts.
The Principal Secretary Medical Health, Pradeep Shukla told Hindustan Times that health department had given enough time to the missing doctors to report back on duty, now we are left with no other opportunity but to show the one thousand missing doctors the door.
The Health Department had received complaint that several doctors posted at district hospitals, community health centers and primary health centers located in various corner of the state were not reporting on duty. Teams were dispatched by the Health Directorate to collect information about the missing doctors and Chief Medical Officers (CMO) were also directed to send list of the absentee doctors in respective districts.
It was found that several doctors have not reported on duty for last four to five years and interestingly these doctors were drawing salary. “I have directed all the CMOs not to release salary to the missing doctors”, Shukla said.
During investigation the officials found that majority of the missing doctors were indulged in private practice. Others have left the service in search of greener pasture, but did not resign from PMHS after joining the new assignment. Since Health Department was facing crunch of doctors it was decided to give an opportunity to the missing doctors to join the service.
Letters were dispatched on the address of the missing doctors with direction to join duty or face action. “There was no response from around one thousand doctors and we are left with little option but to dismiss them from the service”, a Health Department officer said.
The Health Department has also decided to recruit 5,000 doctors. Though the recruitment is made through Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission the delay in the recruitment process had forced Health Department to contemplate over constituting a departmental recruitment board to complete the appointments on schedule.
“A committee has been constituted by the Health Department to submit a report over the constitution of the departmental recruitment board”, an officer said.