A medical officer working with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been found to be guilty of drawing two salaries from the civic body. The civic corporation will be initiating an inquiry against him.
For the last one year, Dr Rahul Dhiware from Vasai has been working at the civic body’s Tarun Bharat health post at Andheri.
However, he has also been allegedly drawing his second salary by being part of a private panel of anaesthetists working at Bhabha Hospital, Bandra.
Dr GT Ambe, executive health officer, BMC, said, “Strict action will be taken against Dr Dhiware for the misconduct.”
As per the rule, the civic body maintains a list of doctors working in the private panel. Even the service book of the medical officers working at the health post is recorded.
“A doctor can trick the civic body by working in centres run by two different administrations. But we cannot miss a doctor working illegally in two BMC-run centres,” said Dr Seema Malik, chief medical superintendent of peripheral hospitals. Bhabha Hospital is a peripheral hospital.
Refuting the allegations, Dr Dhiware said: “The hospital is short of anaesthetists and so I thought of helping them. I didn’t take any money from the panel. They, however, took the money from the BMC for the surgeries conducted by me.”
“Owing to the shortage of doctors, many of us work in double shifts. But we do not get paid for it. Strict action should be taken against the doctor for cheating the administration,” said a doctor from Bhabha Hospital on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.