BANDIPORA: The Bandipora administration on Tuesday ordered termination of five doctors from services for their “habitual absence” from the duty at Primary Health Centres (PHC) Ashtangoo .
The doctors at Primary Health Centres (PHC) Ashtangoo in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have been found “habitual of absence” from their duties, thus resulting in a “havoc situation and deteriorating condition” while also badly hitting the patient care, an order issued by Block Medical Officer Bandipora reads.
The order addressed to Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, Bashir Ahamd Khan from the Block Medical office Bandipora states, “it is once again brought into your notice that the undersigned visited the PHC Ashtangoo today as on 27/08/2021 and found the doctors absent from their legitimate duties.”
The order further reads, “They have been habitual of such actions. It has been brought to your notice from time to time but no action was initiated. It is as such requested that the absence of doctors has created havoc and has hit the patient care badly.”
Stating that the PHC now is in a “deteriorating condition”, the BMO has recommended that their services be terminated. “It is recommended that their services should be terminated and the undersigned won’t be in a condition to draw their salaries.”
The attached list also mentions at least five doctors absent from their duties on the day of the inspection. The PHC was established in 2008, but since then there is no up-gradation and is running without proper facilities, leaving patients with no option but to go out of the area for simple treatment.
Meanwhile, the locals said that whenever people come to this hospital for treatment, it is often found empty and they don’t have any idea where the staff is performing their duties.
“I have been visiting this hospital for the last ten days, but I have not seen any doctor here, honestly doing his duty, on the contrary, I was compelled to complain to BMO Bandipora following which he visited the hospital,” Naseer Ahmad a local said.
The locals have requested the concerned authorities and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to personally look into the matter and redress their grievances. Despite repeated attempts, CMO Bandipora, Bashir Ahmad didn’t respond to the calls—(KNO)