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UP: Now, Doctors to WhatsApp selfies with patients to mark attendance


UP: Now, Doctors to WhatsApp selfies with patients to mark attendance

health department directed doctors posted in 15 CHCs and 43 PHCs to whatsApp their images with patients so that they can be marked as present. If they fail to do so, they will be considered absent and the salary for that day will not be given. Additionally,  disciplinary action will also be taken against them.

Agra: Stuck with the issue of medical practitioners repeatedly being absent from their posts at various community health centres (CHCs) and public health centres (PHCs) in the area, the Health Department has now directed a photographic attendance system every day, for doctors.

Addressing a complaint filed against the doctors for unreported leaves and not being on time, the health department directed doctors at community health centres (CHC) and public health centres (PHC) to mark their presence on duty by clicking pictures with patients every day.

The move was taken in this regard after a meeting was held between Agra Divisional Commissioner, Anil Kumar, and health department officers after receiving multiple complaints against the medical professionals posted in CHCs and PHCs. The complaints were regarding doctors’ absenteeism and their late arrival in the health centres.

To investigate the matter, a few sudden inspections were conducted by the chief development officer and the chief medical officer which revealed absenteeism and that the doctors were not present during their duty hours.

After the meeting held, the Agra divisional officer ordered the health department to ensure health professionals’ presence on duty. In this light, the health department directed doctors posted in 15 CHCs and 43 PHCs to whatsApp their images with patients so that they can be marked as present. If they fail to do so, they will be considered absent and the salary for that day will not be given. Additionally,  disciplinary action will also be taken against them.

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The doctors have further been directed to arrive at their respective health centre by 10 am and run the outpatient department (OPD) till 4 pm every day. Authorities also directed that few doctors need to be on duty in the evening to deal with emergency cases.

The Chief Medical Officer, Mukesh Vats informed TOI, “All the in-charges of CHCs and PHCs and other doctors on duty have been directed to send their selfies with patients to register their attendance. Those who don’t send selfies will be marked as absent. Daily report of absentee doctors and latecomers will be sent to the divisional commissioner, and their salary will be cut.”

 

Source: with inputs
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  1. Doctors duty is not 9-5pm job. Are we get extra pay for attending emergency at odd times. So it is irrational to make bio-metric or any kind of digital attendance for doctors.

  2. how u will know date time

    pahle hi le ke rakh lenge bahut saari

    roj ek kahin se bhi bhej denge

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN January 18, 2019, 10:17 am

    ONE THING VERY ONE HAVE TO( SHOULD) UNDERSTAND , IT IS NOT AT ALL POSSIBLE FOR TO HANDLE EMERGENCIES AT PHC LEVEL . EMERGENCY MEDICINE – IS ALL TOGETHER DIFFERENT BALL GAME, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO HANDLE EVEN BY THE PROFESSOR OF REPUTE WITH OUT TRAINED FOR PERTICULAR & SPECIFIC JOB. I AM SURE > 90 % INDIAN DOCTORS CAN\’T INTUBATE THE PATIENTS OR ABLE TO PASS AN CENTRAL I V LINE / I V CANNULA IN A PATIENT IN SHOCK, IS A BASIC REQUIREMENT OF E M SERVICES. THAT\’S RESPECTIVE STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE SPENT MILLIONS OF RUPEES IN PURCHASE OF WHITE ELEPHANTS CALLED AMBULANCES WITH FLASHY LIGHTS AND NOISY HORNS OF COURSE WITH OUT TRAINED OR ILLTRAINED TECHNICIANS. ( WHICH I THINK MERE SHOW OFF & SENSELESS ACT ). COMING TO PHS / CHS DOCTORS , THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN RFID AND COMPULSORY OFFICAL MOBILE PHONES SO THAT TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM. AND CCTV TO BE MADE MANDATORY IN EACH AND EVERY CENTRE TO MONITOR THEIR ACTIVITES, I THINK BUNKING , COMING LATE, RUNAWAY FROM THE WORK PLACE IS PART AND PARTIAL ANY GOVERNMENT JOB, HEALTH CARE & MEDICAL EDUCATION IS NO EXCEPTION TO IT. THEY DEVILOPED THIS ATTITUDE OVER THE DECADES…….. THE HABBITS DIE HARD , SPECIALLY THE BAD ONE\’S.

  4. How will they know the date ,time and location on which selfie is taken?

  5. Why doctors only, what about other government departments who bunk up duties. Biometric attendance should be the norm in all areas to tackle this issue inIndia.This should also be mandatory to the secretaries / HODs of central and stete
    governments.