310 Bi­har docs face dis­missal

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Binod Dubey

PATNA: The state health depart­ment is to ini­ti­ate the process for dis­missal and ter­mi­na­tion of ser­vices of 310 doc­tors for their fail­ure to up­date the health depart­ment about their per­sonal, ed­u­ca­tional and ser­vice de­tails de­spite di­rec­tives is­sued ear­lier. The par­tic­u­lars were to have been filed by Septem­ber 15.

The depart­ment had di­rected the serv­ing doc­tors to up­load the re­quired de­tails on the por­tal of hu­man re­source in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (HRIS), an ini­tia­tive launched by the Bi­har State Health So­ci­ety (BSHS). It had clearly stated, that only such doc­tors who up­loaded the in­for­ma­tion by the due date would be con­sid­ered for con­tin­u­a­tion in gov­ern­ment ser­vice.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BSHS, San­jay Ku­mar told HT, the so­ci­ety did not re­ceive any in­for­ma­tion from 310 doc­tors in­clud­ing 178 reg­u­lar doc­tors and 102 con­trac­tual doc­tors. “About the rest 30 doc­tors, we have no clue,” he said, adding, “All these doc­tors were li­able for pu­n­ish­ment for vi­o­lat­ing the gov­ern­ment or­der”.

San­jay, who is also sec­re­tary, health, said that the so­ci­ety was try­ing to elicit in­for­ma­tion on such doc­tors.

“Prima fa­cie, it seems a ma­jor­ity of them were on unau­tho­rised leave or were ab­sen­tee doc­tors,” he said point­ing to com­plaints re­ceived by the depart­ment from time to time on ab­sen­teeism.

He said that it was just an in­for­ma­tion col­lect­ing ex­er­cise by the BSHS to know the ac­tual strength of the doc­tors, their ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, their po­si­tions as well as their present places of post­ings. It was an ex­er­cise where the doc­tors should have fully co­op­er­ated with the gov­ern­ment, he averred.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ment, the Bi­har State Health Ser­vices as­so­ci­a­tion (BSHSA) dared the gov­ern­ment to dis­miss its mem­bers on such a “flimsy” is­sue.

“There is no harm in up­dat­ing the depart­ment on such de­tails, but it will be re­ally ar­bi­trary if some­one faces such a harsh ac­tion on this ground,” said as­so­ci­a­tion’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, Dr Ajay Ku­mar.

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