In a bid to bridge the crunch of doctors in government hospitals, Delhi health department appointed 318 general duty medical officers and 204 non-teaching specialist doctors in the newly formed Delhi Health Service Cadre.
Delhi government has 32 major hospitals and 250 dispensaries across the city. "So far, these hospitals were manned by doctors from the central health service. Owing to delays in appointment by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Delhi government had also engaged doctors on contract basis from 1998 onwards," said Dr AK Walia, Delhi health minister.
"After the de-cadrement of general duty medical officers and non-teaching specialist doctors from the Central Health Service, approvals were granted for constitution of the Delhi Health Service and the same was notified in 2009. And today we have been able to appoint 522 doctors," said Walia.
According to Delhi government, doctors working on contract were assessed for suitability by the UPSC and now most of them have been appointed in the initial constitution of Delhi Health Service Cadre.
Dr. Walia said efforts were also on to take similar steps in case of teaching specialists doctors and public health specialists for which options have already been sought.
In all, 259 general duty medical officers and 79 non-teaching specialists of the CHS have opted for Delhi cadre.