Kalwa hos­pi­tal shields doc­tors who got show-cause no­tice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: The hos­pi­tal au­thor­i­ties and the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion are at log­ger­heads over no­tice served to 24 doc­tors at Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Hos­pi­tal in Kalwa.

The hos­pi­tal au­thor­i­ties said there might be many rea­sons for them be­ing ab­sent — they could have been stuck in traf­fic or were tak­ing rounds. The doc­tors have replied to the show-cause no­tice which will be sent to the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Fol­low­ing re­peated com­plaints, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Su­nil Cha­van vis­ited the hos­pi­tal and found over 24 se­nior doc­tors ab­sent dur­ing the OPD hour. He gave a show cause no­tice to the doc­tors.

The hos­pi­tal au­thor­i­ties said that while some doc­tors might have been late, the sit­u­a­tion of so many doc­tors miss­ing from duty is rare and they might have a valid rea­son.

Ra­jeev Korde, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the Kalwa Hos­pi­tal, said: “Some of them must be on rounds, vis­it­ing other hos­pi­tal, few in other wards or some might also be on of­fi­cial leave. We are not negat­ing the claim that doc­tors re­port late to work.”

The dean of the hos­pi­tal, C Maitra, said doc­tors might have been stuck in traf­fic. “There is al­ways a jam out­side Kalwa hos­pi­tal; some doc­tors might have been be stuck in traf­fic. Few might have punched their card and been on rounds. We have also col­lected the re­sponse from the doc­tors. It will soon be for­warded to the cor­po­ra­tion.”

Cha­van said only valid rea­sons will be ac­cepted af­ter proper proof. “If they were on rounds or vis­it­ing other hos­pi­tal, we will check the record and the sched­ule of the doc­tor in case they were vis­it­ing other hos­pi­tals.”

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