The Telegraph
Monday , September 3 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
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Swipe card dose for truant doctors

Burdwan, Sept. 2: The min ister of state for health today criticised government docto­rs for being “irregular” and said biometric cards would be in troduced to keep tabs on their attendance. Chandrima Bhattacharya
said on the sidelines of an In dian Medical Association (IMA) conference in Burdwan:

“After the government assum­ ed power, it asked government doctors several times to go to hospitals regularly and be sympathetic to patients. But to our dismay, we find that noth ing has changed. Doctors don’t go on their rounds regularly.
Even though we ha­ve instruct ed doctors to attend to patients regularly, the missives have yielded no result.” “I have repeatedly asked
doctors to adhere to their duty hours. But all my appeals have so far fallen on deaf ears.

As doctors’ salaries are paid with public money, they must be committed to people,” the min¬ ister added. Bhattacharya told reporte rs that the health department
would soon introduce the biometric cards for doctors in government hospitals.
“These cards will have to be swiped (while entering and leaving the hospital). |

This way, we will be able to monitor the attendance of doctors.” Addressing the conference earlier, Bhattacharya said: “It is important for a doctor to be have well with patients and their relatives. I appeal to the IMA to ensure better quality of health care services in gov ernment hospitals.” The minister said fairprice medicine shops would be opened in 35 government hos pitals. “Patients will get 30 per cent discount on medicines at these shops.”

Asked about Bhat tacharya’s comments, a doctor at Burdwan Medical College
Hospital said: “If my work at the hospital is completed in two hours, why should I |
remain there for a few hours more? I am not neglecting my duties. But at the same time, there is no point hanging around.”