Over 100 errant doctors fired

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has terminated over 100 doctors across the country for remaining absent from their workplaces without prior approval from the authorities concerned, Parliament was told on Monday.

Responding to a supplementary question of a treasury bench lawmaker, Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque said the physicians were posted at the upazila and union council levels.

Asked for the actual number of sacked doctors, he said: “I cannot mention the exact figure. But it is over 100. They were sacked for remaining absent from their respective workplaces in the rural areas.”

The Minister warned that the government would take stern actions against the doctors who would not stay in rural areas where they were posted.

He said the Ministry of Health and Directorate General of Health Services have around 30 cells, which conduct surprise visit to different hospitals.

Haque said the government is trying to make sure that the doctors stay at their respective work places.

In response to another query, the Minister said private medical colleges are not complying with the regulations concerned and that formulation of a law to streamline their activities is underway.

“The act will be finalised soon,” he added. Bdnews24.com

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