The officials are also likely to scour CCTV keeping the higher-ups informed about the doctors’ whereabouts – with the feed being constantly monitored from the health secretary’s office.
These are some of the suggestions submitted by the general administration (vigilance and enforcement) department in a report (a copy of which is available with TOI), after conducting a discreet enquiry to assess if government doctors were running private practice during normal duty hours.
Some senior doctors, who didn’t take these recommendations kindly and expressed disbelief, are planning to move court in case the government goes ahead to implement them.
Dr Ramesh said, “Are doctors terrorists? A majority of them named in the report are ready to resign. These measures will reduce the government doctors’ pool.”
“The enquiry was initiated by the vigilance department on its own. They have submitted the report to the government,” said a health official adding that, “Recommendations like GPS tracking doesn’t fit in any realm of rules.” The government is also contemplating setting up a control room and biometric attendance system.
Reacting sharply, a doctor said: “Are we criminals that our locations will be tracked? First of all, these allegations cannot be proven as they are false. Secondly, the recommendations are atrocious. I am going to approach the court against any move to impose such nonsensical steps.” While the problem has been an age-old issue, what led to the sudden enquiry is not clear