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Rap on truant NBMCH docs

Siliguri, Aug. 24: Three doctors at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital have been issued show-cause notices, asking them to explain reasons for their prolonged absence without sanction.

Tapas Maitra, associate professor of the surgery unit in the urology department, R.S. Kanaguli, the residential medical officer and clinical tutor in the urology department, and Tirtha Sahoo, an assistant professor in the department of anaesthesiology, were show-caused by the principal last week.

The show-caused doctors have been allegedly practising at private nursing homes and are still receiving salaries from the government. Government doctors are allowed to practise in private establishments only after work hours. Those who do not practise in any private health facility or in their own clinics draw a separate allowance.

“Three doctors have been showcaused and some more will be showcaused,” Samir Ghosh Roy, the NBMCH principal said today.

Sources said the truant trio had been told to meet the principal and give reasons for proceeding on leave without sanction from the authorities.

“The doctors were asked to reply to the show-causes in seven days. A three-member committee of doctors has been constituted to look into the replies and verify the documents provided by the absentees.

Sources said the doctors had been show-caused because of complaints that they had not been attending duties at NBMCH from periods ranging from three months to up to a year.

“While Sahoo has been absent since August 2013, Maitra and Kanaguli have been away from NBMCH for the past three-four months. It is known that these doctors are practising in some of the private nursing homes in and around Siliguri and have not sent resignations to NBMCH,” said a source.

Sahoo contacted the principal after receiving the show-cause last week and furnished the NBMCH authorities with details related to his salary. The other two are yet to respond to the notices.

The warning has come at a time the medical college is struggling to tackle the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal.