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HC orders DGHS to appoint 117 doctors for prison hospitals

  • Published at 03:19 pm January 29th, 2020
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The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order

The High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to appoint 117 doctors immediately for the vacant posts at prison hospitals across Bangladesh.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ in this regard on Wednesday.

The court also asked that the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) implement the order at once.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate JR Khan Robin stood for the writ while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.

On February 19 last year Advocate Robin filed a writ petition seeking necessary orders for the recruitment of physicians for prisoners.

On November 5, following a High Court order, Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen AKM Mostafa Kamal Pasha submitted a report that said that there are only 10 physicians for the total 68 prisons across the country, whereas 131 posts are now vacant.

The report also said prisons have the capacity to accommodate 40,664 prisoners, whereas the number of inmates stood at 86,998 till August 27, 2019.

On November 18, 2019, the High Court asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about the actions that were taken against the doctors who did not join their prison duty, and asked the ministry to submit a progress report.