The medical officers are noted to have remained absent every now and then who have signed a bond with the State Government. The Department of Health has made chief medical officer (CMO) of the district concerned accountable for their absence.
The medical health and family welfare secretary Nitesh Jha said that necessary legal action against the absconding ‘bonded’ medical officers should be taken. In a meeting of the health department officials held at the state secretariat on Thursday, Jha clearly said that the absconding doctors should be removed from the service and new appointments should be made. He further stressed on better coordination between medical education director and DG health (director general) for an appointment of the
‘bonded’ medical officers.
The young medicos who become the ‘bonded’ medical officers, sign the bond in the time of admission in the medical colleges that they would serve in the health department of the state after completion of their education. United with this bond, they pay highly subsidized fees during the period of their stay in the medical colleges. However, many turn absconders instead of fulfilling their bond.