Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) House Committee has suggested a Committee for regular inspection of government health facilities in State.
The Committee chaired by Surjya Narayan Patro and Dr Pramod Kumar Mallick, Dr Rasheswari Panigrahi, Dr Rajashree Mallick, Praveen Chandra Bhanjdeo, Bhujabal Majhi, Tukuni Sahu, Nandini Debi, Parshuram Dhada, Radharani Panda and Krushna Chandra Sagaria as members has suggested this in its Report presented to the Assembly.
The Committee has suggested surprise checks by squads to detect attendance of nurses and doctors in hospitals and about the functioning of the doctors and para-medical staff in the hospitals, said sources.
Action should be initiated against errant staff and doctors on the basis of the report of the squads, the Committee is understood to have suggested.
The committee has also suggested increasing beds in the hospitals and filling up of Auxiliary Nursing Maids (ANM) on a priority basis, the sources said.
The Committee found a large number of vacancies in several hospitals in Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Gajapati districts, the sources added.
The Committee has also suggested making 10-year service mandatory for doctors to work in rural areas of the State, the sources said and added steps must be taken to recover the amount spent on their education if they failed to do so.
It has also suggested raising the salary of radiographers which it felt was lower than the staff nurses and junior engineers, the sources added.