December 05, 2006

End of the road

He had been in the ”noblest “of professions. A doctor. Thwarting the exhort of his family to go abroad & to pursue a specialization, he had opted to be a general practitioner. In his father’s footsteps.

Yesterday he received a letter – “Your services are no longer required as of Dec 2006”

No warning, no notice period. There was resignation in his voice when he shared the news with his staff who adored him. He also reassured his regular patients that there would be a young and able doctor taking his place and they should trust him just as much.

He came home and shared the letter with her. She was stunned by the apathy. She had heard this of the new age software firms. It was happening in the government service. One for which she had given up life in the city, the promise of a better career, borne separation from her children who went off to the city for higher studies.

He was old enough to retire, yes. There was need to infuse young blood no doubt. But forty years- deserved a farewell, a thank you note, a warning, a notice period, a little decency at least?

An end of an era.. Just like that- snap.

10 comments:

Appu said...

thats cruel, there should have been some notice period. but legally they are not allowed to do this. are u sure he was not given a notice period?

Inder said...

the world careers is becoming unsentimental and unemotional... to be precise, it is a cutthroat world out there :(

artnavy said...

no notice period appu

Kalpana said...

It's too stupid. How can they just send without any prior information?

theanalogkid said...

i dont think our labour laws allow such a thing.. he can sue them i feel.. but all that apart, its really rude to do something like that for someone as experienced.

Something to Say said...

no notice period? in government service? unbelievable, really...
and so terrible.

Anusha Parthasarathy said...

How can there be no notice period, artnavy? Wasn't such a clause in the offer letter?

Kowsalya said...

ArtNavy,

Did it happen in India or abroad? I have heard that it is common in UK but never heard in India though.

Kowsalya
p.s - am a regular to your blog but never have left a comment :(

artnavy said...

He was a retired govt employee offering his services to rural clinics run by the government

Not sure about the clauses in the offer letter

But it is the lack of civilness that gets me

welcome here kowsalya- do leave your comments from time to time...

mommyof2 said...

awww it hurts to say goodbye so sudden:-( should've given some time to sink in the idea of leaving his job & friends..