Services of doctors on leave to be terminated

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: The Health Minister, K.K. Ramachandran, has said that the Government will not sanction long leave to doctors under the Health Department in view of the acute shortage of doctors in government hospitals in the State.

Inaugurating development projects in the District Hospital here today, the Minister said the Government had already issued orders to terminate the services of doctors who were on unauthorised leave. They cannot do both government service and private service at the same time.

He said that doctors who studied on the expense of the State were duty bound to serve the people for some years. But they approached court and got exemption from the bond. This is against their social obligation.

He said that though 620 doctors were posted from the list of the Public Service Commission (PSC) last year only 211 joined duty. Recently 359 doctors were posted from the PSC list but how many will join duty nobody knows. Doctors who are posted in public health centres in rural areas are reluctant to join duty. Even if they join duty they take leave and go. This has become a big problem for the functioning of rural public health centres. In order to overcome this problem the Government has allowed the district health authorities to appoint doctors on contract,'' he said.

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