ANANTNAG — As more than half of doctors posted at Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag were found absent during a surprise visit by officials, the authorities have warned nursing home owners in the district against allowing any medical practitioner from the heath facility to practice during office hours.
In a letter to the owners of the nursing homes, Principal GMC, Shaukat Jeelani, has underlined that private practice by doctors and paramedical staff employed in government jobs is an offence and can’t be permitted under any circumstances.
“In this regard it is requested to kindly ensure that no doctor/paramedical staff employed in Government Medical College Anantnag is allowed to practice in your nursing home during office hours,” reads a letter sent by the Principal’s office.
“Any such case when brought into (my) notice will be dealt as per law and will also invite action as per rules against the offending medical personnel of this college and your nursing home,” the letter adds.
The order comes close on the heels of a surprise visit by a team of officials comprising Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tehsildar Anantnag and Medical Superintendent GMC Anantnag on Monday during which 22 doctors were found absent. Besides, the Department of Ophthalmology was found shut.
The team furnished the attendance report to the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag who in turn has forwarded it to Chief Secretary.
Earlier, taking cognisance of reports regarding unauthorised absence of some doctors at GMC Anantnag, the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag had directed the Principal of the college to strictly monitor the attendance of the doctors and paramedical staff, and directed him to forward the attendance to his office daily. (GNS)