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Meghalaya govt orders doctors to report back immediately or repay bond amount
SHILLONG | AUG 22, 2020:
The Meghalaya Government has decided to issue notices to more than 50 doctors, who had signed a bond agreement with the State Government, asking them to report back immediately failing of which, they will have to repay their bond amount.
These doctors are to report to the Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr immediately.
"We are facing acute shortage doctors, especially during the prevailing pandemic situation. These doctors have signed a bond amount ranging from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh with the Government. If they fail to report then they will be asked to repay back the bond amount," Dr. Warr told reporters here today.
It may be mentioned that many of the doctors have already paid the bond amount for not working in state government hospitals after completing their medical education in the state.
"Over Rs. 3 crore was collected as bond amount penalty from such doctors in two years," Dr. Warr said.
The State Government had increased the bond amount to Rs. 30 lakh but there are still many doctors who have not joined the state government hospitals.
The DHS (MI) said that these doctors should be grateful to the State Government since they secured the medical seat, free of cost, after performing well in their studies.
"These doctors need to show some good gesture by coming forward to help the State Government during these hours of crisis," Dr. Warr added.
Meanwhile, he informed said that the Health Department had issued an advertisement for the 120 vacant posts.
According to Dr. Warr, they are facing difficulties to get even 50 doctors to appoint on a contractual basis for tackling the COVID-19 situation.
"We have advertised for the post of doctors in the state as well as outside the state but no one has come forward (to apply)," DHS (MI) said.
It may be mentioned that there are over 800 doctors in different government hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Public Health Centres (PHCs) across the state and all are actively working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.