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Clinical duties made mandatory for doctors holding administrative posts

Chandigarh: The Haryana government has directed its doctors posted on administrative duties to perform clinical duties for 1 to 8 days in a month. The doctors will have the option to choose a hospital of their choice for discharging their clinical duties.

According to a circular issued by the health department, the director general of health services will perform clinical duties for a day in a month while additional director generals and directors will see patients for two days in a month. At the district level, the civil surgeons will examine patients for one day in a week.

Principal medical officer, medical superintendent, senior medical officers, deputy civil surgeons, deputy directors, dental directors as well as doctors posted in the office of director, NHM, civil surgeon etc will perform clinical duties twice a week, reports The Tribune.

“We have taken this step in view of the acute shortage of doctors in the state. Also, patients will be able to get benefit of the expertise of senior doctors,” said Health Minister Anil Vij, “The days when a doctor does not perform clinical duty or does not make up in the following week, will be treated as absence from duty.”

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