H&ME cancels attachments of around 750 docs/paramedics

Step aimed at better healthcare in rural areas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 29: The Health and Medical Education Department today cancelled all attachments of doctors/paramedical staff in Jammu and Kashmir with a view to ensure better healthcare facilities to the general public.
An order to this effect was issued by Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department Manoj Kumar Dwivedi.
The order said all attachments of doctors/paramedics, which have been made by all Head of the Departments including Chief Medical Officers, ADMOs and Block Medical Officers or any other officer at their own level from time to time have been cancelled with immediate effect.
“The attached doctors/paramedics will report back to their original place of postings,” the order issued by Dwivedi said.
He directed concerned Head of the Department to submit compliance report in this regard latest by August 1, 2022 without any fails.
The Health and Medical Education Department has also asked concerned Drawing and Disbursement Officers (DDOs) not to draw the salary of any doctors/paramedics attached in their jurisdiction, henceforth.
“This will ensure better healthcare facilities to the general public and restore healthcare facilities in the rural areas,” the order read.
As per the sources, almost 600 paramedics and 150 doctors have been attached at various levels in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, exact numbers will be known once Head of the Departments submit compliance report to the Health and Medical Education Department by Monday or Tuesday.
“Services before the self is the call of the time. All have some personal and family problems but when we refuse to work where our services are required we make the institutions and public suffer especially those in periphery and remote areas,” a tweet by Manoj Dwivedi said after the order.
“Any non-compliance will invite action.” the tweet read.
Sources said the detachment of doctors and paramedical staff will go a long way in meeting shortage of the staff in the hospitals of rural and remote areas as it has generally been observed that those attached in the cities and urban areas were originally posted in rural belt.
“People of rural areas will get better healthcare facilities with detachment of doctors and paramedical staff from urban and city areas,” sources said.

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