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HC asks govt to submit list of doctors skipping rural hospital duty
The High Court Division on Tuesday directed the heath secretary and the director general of Health Services to submit a list by April 30 showing doctors who attend their duties at Upazila Health Complexes and the Primary Health Care Centres at unions and also those who remain perennially absent.
The health secretary, the health services director general and the public administration ministry secretary were also directed to explain in four weeks why their failure to ensure presence of doctors and proper treatment at district hospitals, upazila health complexes and union health care centres would not be declared illegal.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the orders after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.
On May 7, the bench would deliver further orders.
BLAST’s lawyer Abdul Halim submitted that citizen’s right to get health service was getting violated when government data shows that 60 per cent of the doctors remain absent at district hospitals, upazila heath complexes and the union health care centres.
He submitted that rural people’s health care was seriously jeopardized as only medical officer remain available at many upazila health complexes.
He submitted that after submitting their joining reports a majority of the doctors illegally stay away from the upazila health complexes and the union health care centres.
But the authorities took no action and the monitoring cell earned the reputation for its inactivity.
According to National Health Bulletin 2017, published in January, out of 25,000 posts of doctors in the public health services, only 21,000 posts were filled while 17 per cent remains vacant.
He submitted quoting official data that 11,963 doctors were posted in Dhaka Division against the sanctioned posts of 8,806 while the other divisions were facing acute shortage of doctors.