LAHORE - As many as 75 Medical Officers/Woman Medical Officers will miss the opportunity of entering teaching cadre after their failure to produce Annual Confidential Reports before the Departmental Promotion Committee, TheNation has learnt.

The Punjab Health Department has completed the process of promotion of over 200 MOs/WMOs in general cadre as Senior Registrars in teaching cadre in recently concluded DPC meeting. As many as 75 MOs/WMOs, however, will have to wait for the next meeting as the DPC deferred their cases due to absence of ACRs from their files.

President General Cadre Doctors Association (GCDA) Dr Masood Sheikh alleged that all these doctors had completed ACRs before the pre DPC at Directorate General Health and incomplete record was not their fault. He believed that these doctors would not only miss promotion but also lose seniority. He said that all these doctors should be allowed to submit ACRs and cases should not be deferred for next DPC.

Officials at Health Department, however, contradicted this claim, saying that all 75 cases have been deferred till the next DPC and nobody would lose seniority. They said that complete files were needed for consideration for promotions and maintenance of MOs/WMOs ACRs record was not responsibility of the department. They said that a DPC could be convened as soon as all 75 MOs/WMOs completed their ACRs and nobody would lose its position in the seniority list.  Deputy Secretary Health Adnan Zafar said that a DPC could be convened even within a week and as such they (75 MOs/WMOs) should not worry about their promotion.

“The DPC even ignored one missing ACR. Cases where ACRs were not available for two year or more have been deferred. It is up to them to complete files as this is necessary for consideration for promotion. If all these complete their files, a DPC can be convened within a week”, he said, adding nobody would be superseded as these cases have been deferred not rejected. 

Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz said that ACRS in such a number could not be misplaced. DG Health office forwarded all the available record to the Health Department before the DPC.

“Large number of files lacked complete ACRs. Everybody was given full opportunity to complete files. We continued receiving ACRs from doctors and kept sending these to the Health Department even until a day before the DPC. Majority has the habit of not taking ACRs seriously and it happened in this case”, he said, adding, these MOs/WMOs would get promotion as soon as they complete their files. He seconded the plea of DS Health regarding seniority of doctors whose promotion has been deferred.

“These are approved seats. Whether in this DPC or the next, everybody will get his/her own place in seniority list”, Dr Zahid Pervaiz said.