Jammu and Kashmir Government today said that it will take strict action against the doctors who refuse to join service in far-flung areas.
“Government will go tough against doctors, who are reluctant to join duties in rural areas,” Health Minister Bali Bhagat today said in Legislative Council.
The health minister was replying to supplementary questions raised by MLC Firdous Tak in the Council over poor healthcare, absence of premier diagnostic machines, non availability of intensive care unit ambulances and shortage of medicos in Kishtwar district, particularly in its far off areas.
“Yes, we are facing acute shortage of medical experts in rural areas because nobody wants to serve there,” the minister said.
“We don’t have radiologist to run the machinery in rural districts, we are facing shortage of ENT (Eyes Nose Throat) specialist doctors because most of them don’t want to move out from Jammu and Srinagar cities,” he said.
“On being transferred as per roster prepared by the government, many doctors avail month long leaves and evade their new postings,” he said, adding, “This culture needs to be stopped and we are mulling to terminate those (doctors), who don’t comply to the government directions and refuse to serve in rural areas of the state.”
He also said that government is working to fill vacancies of doctors in the hospitals, while process for rationalization of staff in government hospitals has also been initiated.Earlier, on being asked by MLC Mohammad Khursheed Alam on enhancement of retirement age of doctors on pattern of central government, the minister said that presently there was no proposal to enhance the retirement age of doctors upto 65 years.