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Centre to investigate allegations of private practice by ESI doctors in Odisha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, July 23:

Senior Central government officials will soon be visiting Bhubaneswar to investigate complaints that some doctors of the ESI Hospital in Odisha’s capital city were engaged in private practice.

Describing it as a matter of serious concern, the Union Labour and Employment minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that senior officers will be deputed to investigate complaints that some doctors of Bhubaneswar ESI hospital were engaged in private practice.

The minister’s response came while he was replying to supplementaries in the Upper House.

The matter was raised by Pyarimohan Mohapatra (Ind) MP from Odisha during the Question Hour.

While informing that the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Hospital in Bhubaneswar is being run by the Odisha government the minister said the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has taken up a project for the upgradation of the Bhubaneswar ESI hospital from 50 beds to 100 beds.

He further informed that the project would be completed by March 2015.

Tomar admitted there was shortage of doctors and other facilities in ESI and other government hospitals. He said the government is making efforts to ensure availability of doctors of all faculties in the hospitals.