December 6, 2011
CM tells doctors that negligence will not be tolerated; action will be taken
`I will not tolerate any negligence on the part of doctors and if such things come up then I will not hesitate to take action against the doctor`, this was the words from the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee during a meeting with the medical professionals across the state at the Writers' Building. The Chief Minister who is also the Health Minister expressed her concern over the deteriorating health services in the state. Ms. Banerjee informed that patients and their family members may file First Information Report (FIR) in case of any negligence.
Ms. Banerjee made it clear that she will not accept the medical professionals going on 'strikes' as in such a situation it is the patients who have to suffer and she is in no mood to accept that as her prime concern is Maa-Mati-Manush. `I will not tolerate the nurses executing acid in place of spirit, this will not be tolerated at all and I will not hesitate to take action against nurses", said Ms. Banerjee.
Ms. Banerjee requested the doctors to be more human while treating the patients. State Government will open medicine shops which will sell medicines at subsidiary rates.
Ms. Banerjee expressed her unhappiness over the 276 doctors who did not join their duty designated in the villages and districts as she said unless the young people will come forward and realize the importance of their profession, then how will the Bengal will walk forward. However, she instructed the officials that if designated doctors do not join the duty and the 276-vacant positions are not filled then the Health Ministry will not hesitate to take doctors from other states and soon advertisements will be published across the country as she can not place the fate of patients at state to satisfy the whims of the doctors who don't understand their responsibilities.
On a different note, while inaugurating the Adivasi Festival at Rabindra Sadan, Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has charted out elaborate plans for the tribal people of Jangalmahal.
The State Government has plans to provide more “productive opportunities” to the Advasis in order to bring them into the socio-economic mainstream. These include job creation, developing the Alchiki script, setting up educational institutions and healthcare units and inducting local talent into sports and cultural activities.
“We have plans to bring as many tribal players into sports like football and cricket as they are strong and physically fit. This is one reason we have decided to induct them into the best department of the Government like the police force,” Ms. Banerjee said in a function organized by the Department for development of backward communities.
“We want peace to prevail in the tribal areas and we are taking a whole lot of measures,” the Chief Minister said at a time when State Governor MK Narayanan conceded death of Kishenji was not enough in root out Maoist problem and “a lot more has to be done.”
“The Government had increased the procurement price of Kendu leaves from `48 to 75 and was doing the same for lac cultivators,” Banerjee said, adding works were already in progress to build hostels for girls, schools, hospitals, bridges and roads where the local youth will be productively employed” the Chief Minister said.