No check on absenteeism at hospital

No check on absenteeism at hospital

Despite being well paid, re-employed doctors reportedly remain absent from their OPD and ward duties.

Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, January 12

Re-employed doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital have a lackadaisical approach towards work as time and again they have been found absent on duty.

Despite being well paid, re-employed doctors reportedly remain absent from their OPD and ward duties. The Tribune visited various departments during the timings of the OPD and wards and found many re-employed doctors absent during the duty hours.

It has been learnt that a majority of re-employed doctors, clinical and non-clinical, come at three or four days’ intervals and mark their attendance from backdate, say sources.

The Tribune found that re-employed doctors of many departments, especially, paediatrics, plastic and general surgery and non-clinical, were not present in their chambers during the duty hours.

An attendant of the clinical department said: “One of the re-employed doctors rarely comes for her duty. Moreover, she takes the attendance register at her residence.”

In the wake of the absence of re-employed doctors, junior and senior residents have to look after wards. Regular doctors said: “Re-employed doctors in some departments have been made unit in-charge ignoring their regular counterparts.”

Another regular doctor said: “They are getting salary between Rs 1 to Rs2 lakh. Unfortunately, they are not performing their duties properly. The government should take cognisance of the matter because health of the poor is at stake.”

Notably, the authorities in August last year had issued a warning to re-employ doctors for their lackadaisical attitude towards duty. In fact, the GMC Principal had once said surprise checks would be conducted and absentees would be taken to task. However, the situation remains the same at the hospital.

When asked about the issue, Dr Rajan Singla, Principal, Government Medical College, said: “I cannot check who is coming or not every day. The head of the department concerned should check absenteeism and report to me.”

Meanwhile, DK Tiwari, Principal Secretary, Medical Education, said: “I have already directed the GMC Principal to ensure that re-employed doctors perform their duties properly. However, I will look into the matter again.”

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