Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the physicians at the public hospitals either to stay at their respective workplace to serve the people or to quit the job.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came following reports that the doctors very often remain absent at their workplace in the district or upazila levels apparently to conduct private practices to get some extra bucks.
She was addressing audiences while handing over keys of ambulances to seven government hospitals and establishments at her office on Thursday.
The doctors are appointed to serve the people at the rural areas, but many of them do not stay at their workplace, observed Hasina adding that they somehow manage to stay in the capital.
“If they intend to stay in Dhaka in this way, they don’t need to do the government job,” she said. They should resign from those positions in that case they want to earn huge amount of money through private practice.
“We will then give fresh appointments in their place,” she added.
Hasina also directed authorities concerned to further improve standard of education in the medical colleges to create quality physicians 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,” the Prime Minister said referring to her efforts to improve medical education in the country.
The authorities must monitor the quality of treatment at those 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.
She referred to the setting up of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka and two other medical universities in Chittagong and in Rajshahi and said that those universities were established to ensure higher education in medical science in Bangladesh.
Hasina advised the medical students to take optimum advantage of countrywide Internet services saying it would be fruitful for the medical students if they follow classes and lectures of the reputed colleges and universities across the globe through internet.
Sheikh Hasina suggested for opening up scopes for foreign doctors to be in Bangladesh as teachers so the medical students and doctors could gather experiences through academic interactions.
“The people of the country would not need to go abroad if the foreign specialists come to Bangladesh . . . they could get foreign treatment here,” she added.
Hasina said the government was sincere to solve accommodation problems for the doctors in grassroots saying that she had already directed the public works ministry to build multi-storey building in upazilas to solve housing problems of the government staff including physicians.
She laid emphasis on creating a trust fund for the community clinics so none could halt its activities again like what the BNP-Jamaat government did in the past.