Governor Vohra talks tough, directs health secretary to terminate absent doctors

March 15: The Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday directed the Health Secretary to ensure speedy and strict action, including termination of services, against all the doctors who remain unauthorizedly absent from duty at any point of time.

“Health Secretary was also directed to issue orders for withdrawing doctors who have been attached at any station, including Delhi, without availability of posts or are superfluous without any actual requirement or availability of posts,” read an official handout.

He also directed the Health Department to urgently draw up a policy for the placement of doctors based on the period of their service in difficult areas of the State.

“Governor directed the Health Secretary to take immediate action for ensuring that all doctors who are appointed to Government services join duty within the prescribed period and take warranted action immediately against every defaulter,” the handout said.

He asked advisor Pervez Dewan to urgently evolve a policy for incentivising doctors who serve in difficult areas by providing them avenues for dedicated post graduation slots as departmental candidates,  rotation in postings depending upon their period of service in the relatively difficult areas and preferential postings at home stations or other convenient locations etc.

He also directed that Health Secretary should follow a policy for filling up the posts of Medical Officers to be posted in Medical Colleges and other departments like Police, Prisons etc. by ensuring their systematic rotation without compromising the manpower availability in the Health Department.

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