Cracking the whip against government medical officers,who have been absent from work,the state directorate of health services has directed the medicos to resume services within a week or else face suspension.
In a public notification issued on Friday,the directorate has observed that emergency services and general healthcare at government-run hospitals have been disrupted due to medical officers staying away from work without prior notice.
The unauthorised absence of government medical officers amounts to professional misconduct as per the Medical Council of India rules,and is liable to punishment according to the Maharashtra civil services rules, the notification read.
The directorate has also warned errant officers that their names would be conveyed to the Medical Council of India and Maharashtra Medical Council for cancellation of registration.
The latest orders from the state directorate of health services have come in the backdrop of mounting complaints against the absence of government medical officers at primary health centres,rural hospitals and sub-district hospitals.
Dr Kanchan Jagtap,Deputy Director of Pune circle,As many as 24 medical officers,who were on permanent posts at various health centres,have been absent from work since 2011. One or two of them have not reported for duty since 2006. Out of the 24 medical officers,13 are from Pune and eight from Solapur. Three other medical officers were employed as per the bond system.
She added,The officers have been given eight days to report to work. Failure to do so will lead to suspension. Most of the medical officers are from rural hospitals at Narayangaon,Baramati,Ghodegaon,Alandi,Jejuri and Manchar.
In September,Newsline had reported a similar action taken by the state where marching orders were issued to 43 medical officers. Out of these,eight were from the Pune circle – four each from Pune district and Solapur. We had no option,but to take punitive measures like suspending them for being absent from work for long,Jagtap said.