West Bengal Doctor Who was Drunk on Duty may Not be Sacked

by Kathy Jones on  November 7, 2011 at 6:17 PM Indian Health News
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Healthcare in West Bengal continues to remain in the spotlight after yet another controversy, this time a doctor in a government hospital attended patients while he was drunk.
 West Bengal Doctor Who was Drunk on Duty may Not be Sacked
West Bengal Doctor Who was Drunk on Duty may Not be Sacked

Prabir Kumar Ghosh, 59, was found to be checking on patients at the Baghajatin State General Hospital before one of the patients realized that he was speaking incoherently and his breath reeked of alcohol. The patient, Samar Ray, immediately told other patients who then lodged a complaint with the hospital administrators.

On conducting breath and urine tests, the hospital administrators found that Ghosh was drunk and an FIR was registered against him. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised that strict action will be taken against Ghosh, though she admitted that she cannot afford to sack him.

"If I sack the doctor, it will be difficult to find a replacement. In many hospitals, there is shortage of doctors. We want to adopt the public-private partnership model to improve health infrastructure. But there was no system of punishing doctors and health staff for negligence. Often, health staff is reluctant to treat patients and misbehave. This will not be tolerated", she said.

Source: Medindia

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Protik Monday, November 7, 2011

This is only because there is a shortage of medical colleges. Had there 120 medical colleges there would be so many doctors competing hard for a govt. job that no doctor would dare to behave in such a way that would risk their job. Nobody here have heard of a school teacher who comes to class taking alcohol... Because they know if they are sacked once there is plenty of graduates waiting outside competing hard to get a job.

SamirKanjilal Monday, November 7, 2011

It is good that the honorable Chief Minister has started to feel ground reality.For her ego the people of Bengal is not getting the service one skilled neurologist.

GuptaRK51 Monday, November 7, 2011

There are several other departments under the state and central governments where people are found to be in an inabriated state during office hours but nobody has ever got any punishment, sacking is just not possible. What prompts the staff to take alcohol during office hours is not exactly known. They generally go out of the office under some or the other pretext and get boozed and after having done that they go to a Paan Waala and take Betel and pop it into the mouth so that they could not be noticed.This happens mostly where there are client or customer businesses.

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