Yet another bold initiative was taken on last week by governor N N Vohra led administration when it ordered termination of services of 100 doctors who remained absent unauthorizedly from duties for many years together.
It makes a strong case for moving towards discipline in the health sector and will provide better health-care services to poor people in the state as 100 vacancies will be filled up in place of those who remained absent. Not only were they a burden to the state exchequer, the government was not in place to recruit doctors in their place.
The people have hailed the governor administration’s decision of sacking the services of the doctors’. For training a single doctor, the Government normally spends Rs 25 to 30 lakh. The huge investment is made with an endeavor the doctor will pay back to the society and alleviate the pain of patients. If they fail to keep the trust of the society that is investing so heavily in their professional competence, they have no right to be allowed to continue their services. The bold decision is bound to send a stern message to the entire administrative machinery of the State. The governor administration is right in sending the warning the complacent workforce and in reminding them that they cannot escape the hands of law if they err at the cost of public importance.
While the step is in right direction, there are innumerable challenges to be overcome before the objectives of better service especially health care to all become a reality.
The governor administration now must deal with large scale deputations in state’s health department.
809 out of 1521 medical officers in the health department were presently on deputation to other departments, GMC and SKIMS, according to official data.
All the heads of medical colleges and SKIMS need to immediate relieve all doctors who have completed the tenure of registrarship, demonstratorship and senior residency.