Lucknow, Jan 11 (Agencies): The surgeons posted in government hospitals of Uttar Pradesh are shying away from performing surgeries, according to a state government report.

The fact came to light in a report prepared by the state Health Directorate after compiling the data related to performance of government doctors from across the state.

"There are over 140 surgeons posted in various government hospitals, who have not performed even a single surgery in last three months as against the government target of performing 50 surgeries in a month. These doctors have not taken their job seriously," Director General, Medial and Health S P Ram told agencies.

"We have submitted our report to the government for further action," Ram said.

Maximum number of 15 such "non-performing" doctors are from Sitapur followed by Allahabad which has 14 such doctors.

Interestingly, all these doctors have been warned orally several times. Now the state government will serve notices to the doctors asking them to explain the reasons for not performing surgeries or face the music, a senior Health official said.

"The government is tough against these non performing doctors and is also mulling an idea to give such doctors, who have attained the age of 50 years, compulsory retirement," State Health Minister Anant Kumar Mishra said.