Doctors Reluctant To Work In Rural Himachal Pradesh, Says Virbhadra Singh

Stern action will be taken against doctors and para-medical staff who are found to be absent, said Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister.

Shimla: Expressing concern over vacant posts of medical staff in Himachal Pradesh’s rural and remote primary and community health centres, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said that doctors and para-medical personnel are unwilling to serve there.

With increasing number of doctors and medical staff pushing for transfers in urban areas, Mr Singh said that doctors must complete their tenure in rural areas and if need arises, a law will be enacted in this regard.

Mr Singh, in his address at a public meeting in Junga, 35 km from Shimla, said that he has directed the concerned officials that doctors will not be transferred from rural and remote areas without his approval.

Unhappy with a poor doctor to patient ratio in rural areas, the chief minister said that it was unfortunate that despite opening primary healthcare and community centres in remote areas, the people are not being benefitted due to lack of doctors.

“Wherever I go, people complain about vacancies in health institutions and the health department will have to ponder on this issue seriously and strictly adhere to my instructions,” the chief minister was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

He directed that vacant posts for doctors and para-medical staff in Junga should be filled with a day, adding that stern action will be taken against doctors and para-medical staff who are found to be absent.

(With Inputs From Press Trust of India)

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