PM Hasina tells physicians to work properly or face music

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

PM Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday warned that physicians posted in the upazilas will be sacked if they do not discharge their duties properly, reports UNB.

"Strict measures will be taken swiftly if [doctors] posted in upazilas don't stay there. If necessary, they will be fired," she said while inaugurating the five-day annual conference of the deputy commissioners (DCs) at Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister's Office.

She said without taking this kind of tough punitive step, it will not be possible for the government to ensure medicare services for the grassroots people.

Sheikh Hasina said there are problems as physicians, surgeons and anesthetists are not staying at upazila level hospitals.

She pointed out the lack of residences at the upazila level for the absence of physicians.

In this connection, she mentioned that she had already instructed to construct multi storied buildings in the upazila level for mitigating the accommodation problem.

"The transferred government officials will stay there," she said.

Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that the government is thinking of accommodating physicians in there.

"We're doing many things but we aren't able to keep the physicians there (upazila level) in any way. This is a great problem," she said.

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