District Collector S. Suresh Kumar issued orders for stopping the payment of house rent allowance to 26 doctors working in various government hospitals for not staying in their places of posting.

Eight doctors who were posted in the Area Hospital at Bapatla were found to be staying in other places. The other 18 doctors who were posted in Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad hospitals were also taken to task on the same charge.

The doctors were also asked to give explanation as to why they were not staying in their places of posting, as the dereliction of duty on their part was affecting rendering of services in the government hospitals.

The District Coordinator of Health Services, Tenali was instructed to take necessary action on the doctors.

Besides, a memo was issued to the Bapatla area hospital superintendent Krishna Murthy seeking explanation for the lapses in various departments.

The Collector’s action against the doctors followed an inquiry instituted by him in the wake several complaints by the local public.