The Telangana health department is planning to implement biometric attendance systems for doctors and medical staff, in order to address the issue of unavailability of doctors, nurses and medical staff at primary health centers (PHC) and community health centers (CHC) across the state.
In a review, the state health department had found that in some areas the attendance of doctors and nurses was less than 20 per cent. The doctors were even seen skipping their duties in a few small center areas.
The move has drawn varied reactions.
"The state health department has taken a great initiative of implementing biometric attendance in PHCs and CHCs. Due to few non-sincere doctors and nurses, many other government hospitals have also come under the scanner. Hence, by implementing it there is a possibility getting things back on track, " Nagendra, who works as a superintendent at Osmania Hospital said.
D Srujan, a doctor who works at Gandhi hospital, said, "The idea of implementing biometric attendance in PHCs and CHCs is good but the government also has to look at every aspect. Sometimes in case of emergencies, doctors have to work up to late nights and due to that they might miss next day morning attendance."
"In some hospitals, there is a shortage of doctors. So, due to the shortage of doctors, other doctors are getting burdened," he added.