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HC inquires on steps taken against absentee prison doctors

  • Published at 06:37 pm November 18th, 2019
File Photo of Kashimpur Central Jail Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, IG prisons told the HC that out of the 20 doctors appointed only four had joined

The High Court has asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare what actions were taken against the doctors who did not join their prison duty.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Monday.

The ministry has to submit a report to the High Court within November 26 in this regard.

Advocate Md JR Khan Robin along with advocate Shammi Akter stood for the writ while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah AL Mahmud Bashar represented the state.

Earlier on November 5, following the 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 said prisons have the capacity to accommodate 40,664 prisoners, whereas the number of inmates stands at 86,998 till August 27 this year. The government appointed a total of 20 doctors on deputation for the jails last year; however, only four among them have joined.

On February 19, Supreme Court lawyer advocate Md JR Khan filed a writ petition seeking the necessary order for the recruitment of physicians for prisoners.

On September 16, the inspector general (IG) of prisons had said there are only nine doctors currently employed against a total of 141 posts at all jails across the country while talking to reporters about the prisoners' medical treatment crises during a visit to the Narayanganj District Jail.