The state health authorities are expressing concern over the issue of doctors and other staff members arriving late to government hospitals. In response, the health department has issued directives to government hospitals, mandating the implementation of biometric attendance. Similarly, the medical education department has recently issued similar orders, making biometric attendance mandatory for the faculty.
On Monday, an order was issued by Shubhra Singh, the Additional Chief Secretary (Health), according to a senior official from the health department. This order emphasizes the mandatory implementation of biometric attendance in government hospitals. In reference to similar orders issued in 2017, Singh directed hospital and office administrations to ensure that not only doctors but also nursing staff, paramedical staff, and other personnel associated with hospitals and its offices mark their attendance through the biometric system.
A deadline of one week has been provided to the officials to ensure the installation of biometric machines within hospital and office premises. In 2017, the orders for implementing biometric attendance were carried out across various healthcare facilities, including district hospitals, sub-division hospitals, satellite hospitals, TB clinics, community health centers, primary health centers, and dispensaries.
Between 2017 and the present, several letters were issued on January 1, February 10, February 15, and July 3, urging the mandatory adoption of biometric attendance. However, over the years, the implementation of these orders gradually lost strength. Currently, the health department has prioritized the revival of this initiative.
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