In patients OPD, negligence of AYUSH doctors can be expensive. National Health Mission has considered OPD of AYUSH doctors in 11 districts of the state as unsatisfactory.
If the Director National Health Mission has not improved the OPD, the Chief Medical Officer has asked AYUSH doctors to start the process of termination of contract services.
For Ayurvedic and Homeopathic treatment, 68 AYUSH doctors are deployed under the National Health Mission (NHM) in Uttarakhand, but in the survey conducted from April 2017 to February 2018, AYUSH doctors have seen less patients in OPD. This is considered as a neutrality and negligence towards the duty of the AYUSH practitioners in the first place. It is affecting ongoing health programs under NHM.
Despite the deployment of 13 AYUSH doctors in Udhamsingh Nagar district, the OPD has not been satisfactory. Dr. Anjali Nautiyal, Director National Health Mission has expressed serious displeasure by writing a warning letter to the Chief Medical Officers of 11 districts of the state except Bageshwar and Rudraprayag districts. It has been stated in the letter that OPD of any AYUSH doctor in 11 districts is not satisfactory, even if it does not improve its duty in the future, their contractual services will be terminated.
Most patients prefer allopathic treatment only. Due to this, the OPD of AYUSH physicians is not seeing sizable patients. Despite this, they are being directed to increase the OPD.
– SK Shah, CMO, Udham Singh Nagar