408 absentee doctors shown the door by Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: Showing an exemplary action for their prolonged absence from duty without authorized permission, the Odisha government today dismissed as many as 408 doctors from duty.

The Health and Family Welfare department had initiated departmental proceedings against 412 doctors after issuing notice to them. However, four doctors responded to the notice and appealed the department not to sack them.

“Considering their appeal, the government has dismissed 408 doctors,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in an official communiqué.

In June the department had issued notices against 613 doctors seeking explanation for their unauthorised absence. With the whereabouts of the absentees not known, the department had published the notice in newspapers drawing the charges under Odisha Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1962 for abandoning duty.

Around 89 doctors had responded to the notice and submitted written statements explaining their absence while another 76 were identified and departmental action was initiated against them. The rest 448 were untraceable forcing the Government to decide on their sacking.

Earlier in January, the Government had dismissed 52 doctors on similar charges of abandoning duty.