THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The health department has published the names of 56 doctors who are on unauthorized absence from different medical college hospitals. They have been issued a show-cause notice and asked to appear within 15 days, or else they will face termination. Some doctors have been found to be abstaining from duty since 2008.
The show-cause notice issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) states, “Though all of them have already been given enough time to rejoin duty by the authorities, they defied the directions and continued on unauthorized absence.”
All these 56 doctors have been asked to appear before the Additional Chief Secretary within 15 days, or else their service will be terminated from the government medical college hospitals.The detailed list of the doctors, with their addresses and periods of absence, has been mentioned in the show-cause notice published through the website of the health department.
The notices have been issued to the assistant professors and lecturers of medical and pharmacy colleges. The names of as many as 12 doctors from Kozhikode Medical College Hospital and nine from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital are on the list published. A lecturer from the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College of the pharmacy department has been on unauthorized absence since July 1, 2008. The period of absence of doctors on the list ranges from one to seven years.
The show-cause notice states that since the health and medical education sector of the state stands as a model for the entire country, the unauthorized absence of these doctors is badly affecting the functioning of the medical colleges and also patient care.
“Hence, the state government feels that the action of these doctors is highly irregular and cannot be allowed. Therefore, 15 days’ time is allowed for these doctors to rejoin duty into the government service from the date of the publication of this notice,” said the notice issued by Rajan Khobragade, Additional Chief Secretary (Health).
Among the departments, the highest number of doctors who are on unauthorized absence are from the General Medicine department (13), followed by General Surgery (6). Five doctors from Cardiology, four each from Anesthesia and Radio Diagnosis, and three each from Microbiology and Pathology, are those who have been listed among other departments in the notice.