Odisha government to act against absentee doctors

Bhubaneswar: Doctors not reporting for duty at government-run hospitals and those who did not respond to the notices sent to them would face departmental proceedings, Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said on Saturday.

“We would initiate action against the doctors, who are not responding to the public notice, according to the government rules,” Nayak told reporters here.

Unable to locate as many as 613 absentee doctors across the state, the Odisha government on June 1 had served notices to them for leaving their place of duty without authorisation for a long period.

The government had asked them to respond to the show cause notices within a month or face legal action.

Sources said, the government is likely to take action against 592 doctors as they did not respond to the government notices.

Only 44 doctors have responded to the notices served by the government, sources added.

Health Secretary Arati Ahuja said after completion of the statutory notice deadline, the government would take legal steps against them.

She said the vacancies of doctors would be filled up by conducting interviews through the Odisha Public Service Commission.

The state government had earlier dismissed 67 doctors for being on unauthorised leave for a long period.