Sambalpur, Dec. 19: Residents here have demanded immediate cancellation of transfer order of 16 doctors from the district headquarters hospital and decided not to allow the medicos leave the facility till their replacements arrive.
At a meeting, local people have threatened to launch an agitation if the government does not cancel the order as it will paralyse hospital services, said convenor of the Nagarika Kalyan Samiti Mahendra Mishra.
The 223-bed hospital is supposed to have 43 doctors. At present, 32 doctors are there, and now, the authorities have decided to transfer 16 of them.
“The district headquarters hospital in Sambalpur has already been struggling with shortage of doctors. Transfer of 16 doctors from the health care centre will make the situation miserable,” Mishra said.
He said: “We will not let the doctors leave unless new doctors are posted in their place.”
“We have given a 72-hour ultimatum to the government to resolve the issue. If the problem is not resolved within the stipulated time, we will be forced to launch an agitation,” said Sudheer Pujari, another local resident and social worker.
“A large number of patients depend on the hospital. The transfer will badly affect the services here. The poor people of this area, who frequently come here for treatment, will face problem,” said Saroj Mohanty, another local resident.
“The government should cancel the transfer order of the doctors, and first, fill up the vacant posts. The doctors’ posts, which are lying vacant in Rairakhol and Kuchinda sub-divisional headquarters hospital of Sambalpur, should also be filled up immediately,” he said.
The chief district medical officer of Sambalpur Pnachanan Patel said the transfer of doctors would paralyse the service at the facility. However, he expressed his helplessness in this regard.
“We have informed the director of health about the situation. The government will take decision in this regard.”