Uttar Pradesh government has dismissed 1,053 government doctors from the state government services. The doctors have been missing from their duties for nearly two decades. This, in a way, paves way for fresh appointment of doctors in the state that has a shortfall of 5,050 doctors.
"Their absence (of the doctors) was certified and after issuing warnings and giving time and opportunity to clarify their position. We even inserted advertisements in newspapers before going ahead with the dismissal procedure," said a senior government official in the medical health department.
There were 1008 men and 45 women doctors who have been absentees since 1991-92. They were either missing for they were doing private practice or turned absentees to evade the postings they were given.
The procedure of dismissal of the doctors has been going on for last few years on the recommendation of the director general (DG), medical health, UP. The department acted on the DG's recommendation and the Governor approved the dismissal.
The actual procedure of dismissal took ten months as the department had to follow all the rules. The department, in July 2009, published an advertisement in newspapers giving an opportunity to the absentee doctors to clarify their positions. However, none came forward and the dismissal procedure was carried out.
The number of absentee doctors dimissed in some of the divisions are: Lucknow division (67), Agra (62), Jhansi (51), Faizabad (46), Meerut(86), Aligarh (58), Kanpur (36), Varanasi (66), Allahabad (54), Chitrakoot (46), Mirzapur (49), and Gorakhpur (48).