TNN | Sep 26, 2001, 12.40 AM IST

lucknow: even as minister for medical and health ramapati shastri hints at suspension and even termination of government doctors who fail to report at the rural primary health centres (phcs) and community health centres (chcs), the terse warning, for once has fallen on deaf ears. “safety first, naukari later” is the latest slogan doing the rounds among the 11,391 strong provincial medical health service (pmhs) cadre which has 7,000 physicians/surgeons specially earmarked for rural postings only.

and they are a worried lot. with growing cases of assault and robbery against doctors, rural postings over the years have become extremely unsafe for the cadre, said dr vp singh, vice-president of the uppmhs on tuesday. dr singh lists at least a dozen such crimes which have gone unheard during the last six months. what adds to their shock value is the fact that none of them has been worked out by the police so far.

topping the list has been the brutal assault on dr pk kashyap, medical officer in chc tiloi, rai bareli in february. the miscreants who broke into his official residence hurt him grievously, fracturing both his arms and legs. kashyap has not yet fully recovered and the culprits, says dr dp mishra, general secretary, uppmhs are still at large.

dr sk shrivastave, medical officer tamkuhi chc, deoria was attacked and robbed in january and so were dr rs sharma and gk singh both medical officers from mehmoodabad phc and district hospital, lakhimpur repectively. the attacks on the two eminent doctors all within a month had sent a shock wave in the district and had led to a local strike in lakhimpur. but till date the police has not been able to make any headway in the case.

similarly, dr anil rao posted at mandi tateri phc in baghpat was roughed up and looted in his house in may, while dr ob srivastava, deputy cmo and his physician son were assaulted and killed by unknown miscreants in meerut.

alarmed at the growing cult of violence, the association had submitted a proposal to the state government last year to provide for security in all chcs and phcs, but has failed to evoke any response, claims mishra. the issue is likely to be raked up again in the event of recent restructuring of the cadre.

Courtesy: Times of India


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