PM asks govt doctors to stay at workplace or quit job

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the government physicians to stay at their respective workplace to properly serve the people, saying that otherwise they could quit job.

‘When we’re appointing doctors in upazilas, many of them don’t want to stay at their workplace. Rather they live in Dhaka somehow by managing it. If the doctors intend to stay in Dhaka in this way they don’t need to do government job,’ she said.

‘They could earn huge amount of money by doing private practice in the capital. So it’s better for them to go home after resign from their job … we will give fresh appointments in their place,’ she added.

The prime minister said this while addressing a function on the occasion of handing over keys of ambulances to seven government hospitals and establishments at her office this morning.

Health minister Mohammad Nasim and state minister for health Zahid Maleque spoke on the occasion.

Health services division secretary Md Serajul Huq Khan delivered the welcome address, while director general of Health Services Abul Kalam Azad gave the concluding speech.

Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, prime minister’s adviser HT Imam and state minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda, PM’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and press secretary Ihsanul Karim were present.

Sheikh Hasina also directed authorities concerned to further improve standard of education in the medical colleges to create quality physicians in the country.

She said the government has set up a huge number of medical colleges in the country. ‘We’ve already given permission to establish medical colleges in five cantonments and such colleges will be set up in other cantonment gradually,’ she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the authorities will have to monitor that what type of treatment is being provided from these medical colleges. ‘They’ll have to look into whether ‘patient-killing doctors’ or ‘patient-saving doctors’ are being created in these medical colleges,’ she said.