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Show-cause notices to docs failing to serve in rural areas

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Mumbai: Around 3,000 doctors in the state will have to show cause for failing to serve their mandatory one-year bond service in rural areas. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) is planning to slap show-cause notices on errant doctors.  “Earlier, we had sent notices to 4,500 doctors, who failed to carry out their mandatory one-year bond service in the state, of which around 1,500 replied. But the rest did not bother to do so. Now, we have given an ultimatum to the doctors to respond or face stringent action,” said Dr Praveen Shingare, Director, DMER.

He said most doctors use various tactics to ensure they are not posted in rural areas.  Some doctors have registered themselves abroad and are working there, while few have responded to the notice saying they are working with the Indian Army, Navy, and railways. “For doctors working with government agencies, their services will be consider as bond services,” Shingare said.

Due to the unavailability of doctors in rural areas, patients have to suffer. “Only doctors who have served their one-year mandatory bond will be allowed to sit for the post-graduation (PG) exam,” added Dr Shingare.