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UP surgeons in dock for not keeping promise to perform eye operations.

UTTAR Pradesh's health department has identified 84 government ophthalmologists who didn't perform a single operation in a year. They are expected to perform at least 700 cataract surgeries per year.

These doctors had got a posting of their choice after committing that they would be a part of the anti- blindness drive conducted by the government.

Sources in the health department said the ophthalmologists draw Rs 60,000- Rs 80,000 every month in salary.

" They were posted in district hospitals of their choice after giving in writing that they were keen to conduct cataract surgeries," a senior health directorate official said.

Since at least 10,000 poor people turn up across the state every week for cataract surgeries, there is always a need for surgeons at district hospitals and those centres where free camps are held under the National Programme for Control of Blindness ( NPCB), he added.

The 84 include six from Barabanki, five from Moradabad, five from Gorakhpur, four from Mahoba, four from Sultanpur, three from Meerut, three from Chitrakoot and three from Kushinagar. " The doctors claimed they had been engaged in administrative works. But the fact is their primary responsibility was to organise cataract surgery camps every week," the official added.

Additional director, health, Dr V. K. Mishra, said the department had prepared a list of those ophthalmologists who had skipped performing surgeries.

" We took notice of the problem because the progress of work under NPCB was deplorable. They were expected to be a part of the anti- blindness drive. But they kept themselves away from it for strange reasons. This shows they were least interested in their job," he said.

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Date:Jun 17, 2010
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