Health minister finds four doctors absent from duty in surprise checking

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2014 20:14 IST

Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Tuesday conducted surprise checking at Mata Kaushalya Hospital here and found four doctors, including the medical superintendent, absent from duty. In order to ensure discipline and punctuality of medical staff, Jyani along with his team, including Vikas Garg, special secretary, health and family and Dr HS Bali, civil surgeon came to the hospital at around 9:20 am and carried out extensive checking in the wards and the OPDs.

Dr Amarjeet Kaur, medical superintendent of the hospital along with other doctors, including Dr Gurman, Dr Ranjana and Dr Kewal Kishan Pawan were found absent from duty, even after more than one hour of the stipulated official timings. It is mandatory for doctors to attend hospital from 8 am to 2 pm.

Taking strict note of the absentees, Jyani said departmental inquiry would be initiated in order to take suitable action against the erring doctors.

It may be mentioned that health department has been receiving several complaints regarding inconvenience caused to patients due to the lackadaisical attitude of the medical staff.

“For the convenience of people visiting the hospital from far off places, it will be ensured that all doctors and paramedical staff should be present on their seat sharp on time”, Jyani said.

Jyani also verified the records of the medical stores of the hospital and instructed the doctors not to prescribe medicines from outside the medical stores and should give free medicines as provided by the state government. He also took strict note of unhygienic conditions and pulled the authorities for inadequate cleanliness in the hospital.

While interacting with the patients, Jyani was apprised of the problems faced by pregnant women during clinical tests and ultrasound.

Jyani also visited Saket Hospital de-addiction centre and inspected the facilities being provided to the drug addicts. He interacted with the staff members in order to find out the success ratio of the centre.

“The de-addiction centre will be upgraded and the special facilities, including better medical services, psychiatry experts and special facilities of counseling for the drug addicts will be provided soon,” he said.

He said, besides sports facilities for proper recreation and physical activity of the addicts, special skilled technical training.

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