Special Correspondent

Action to be taken against errants

Minister to visit more hospitals in Assam234 vacant posts to be filled up

GUWAHATI: The Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday asked Principal, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital to initiate action against doctors and staff who were found absent during a surprise visit.

In a letter to the GMCH Principal within a couple of hours of the visit, the Health Minister directed the hospital authorities not to be soft on persons who continued to flout discipline.

Apart from doctors in different out patients departments, the Minister also found neither radiographers nor doctors were present in the radiology department at 9 a.m. He also found technical staff of the laboratories absent. The Minister also noticed that doctors were not wearing aprons.

Later in the afternoon the Minister told reporters that he would continue to visit the hospital for coming few weeks to ensure that all possible measures are undertaken to improve the standards of the hospital.

Walk-in interview

Mr. Sarma also said that the State Government would hold a walk-in interview on June 7-8 for medical graduates for filling up vacant posts of 234 doctors and would move the court for getting a pending litigation disposed of at the earliest to facilitate recruitment of 1,250 nurses for the hospital and different health care centres.

The Minister is hopeful of filling up all 234 vacant post of doctors but was not sure if fresh medical graduates would be keen on joining the designated health centres in rural areas. If not all the posts are filled up then the State Government would appoint retired medical practitioners as consultants on contract basis.

Pay package

The consultant would get a pay package of Rs. 15,000 in addition to their pension benefits, he added.

To ensure transparency in supply of medicine to government hospitals the state government would introduce national competitive bidding to ensure supply medicine by reputed companies and to do away with the current practice of supply by individual firms, the minister said.