Chandigarh: Finally, Member of Parliament, Kirron Kher has taken a note of absentee doctors and paramedical staff at various Primary Health Care Centres( PHC) and dispensaries across the city , especially in rural areas. Kher in a stern message directed UT administration and Municipal Corporation to install biometric attendance machines at every PHCs to keep a tab on staff.
In the past few weeks, Daily Post did a series of stories highlighting doleful tale of city’s dispensaries. Through the series, it was highlighted how people living in nearby areas became victims of endless wait as doctors and paramedic staff hardly visited dispensaries.
Thus the patients left with no other option had to bear the inconvenience of visiting Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, or Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to get their basic check-ups and treatment.
The directions were given during a meeting of Rogi Kalyan Samiti, GMSH 16, at UT Guest House on Thursday. Kher highlighted that from long time various complaints of absenteeism of medical and para medical staff are pouring in her office.
According to sources, Health Department officials were pleadind before Kher to give them two weeks time to install biometrics in all 20 dispensaries. However, MP rejected their request and directed them to make sure that all biometric machines are installed within a week, whether they are falling under Chandigarh administration and Municipal Corporation. However, Kher also raised various other issues relating to Health Department and directed Member Secretary of Rogi Kalyan Samiti and Director Health Services (DHS) Vanita Gupta to ensure that the presence of not only doctors but other staff too should be managed through biometric machines.
“I had read the issue and had also received many complaints regarding the same. While the complaints were not limited to only absenteeism at periphery dispensaries but non -availability of the doctorswhen required. Therefore, I have just made sure that both MC and Health Department should make sure to install biometric attendance machines. We can compromise with everything but not with health facilities that too which are to be provided to poor people. The dispensaries are bound to provide the best health care facilities to poor,” added Kher.
Proposal to bring all PHCs under control Health Department
During the meeting MP was apprised that there are 27 health centres in Chandigarh out of which 20 are controlled by Corporation and 7 located in rural areas are maintained and controlled by GMSH-16 itself. Having dual control of these health centres the tendency of shifting responsibility is being observed.
So, she assured that the matter will be taken up with Administrator U T Chandigarh to bring all PHCs under the control OF UT Health Department.
Surprise visits on the cards
Talking to Daily Post, Kirron Kher said, “The machines will not only keep the tab on doctors but on entire staff including nurse, midwife, and sweeper because they all are required. This is very important, as they have been appointed to do a job, then they should do it. I will also be sending people from my office too conduct surprise raids.
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