The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to rope in doctors completing their post-graduation and super-specialisation from the three civic-run hospitals to work at civic health establishments from August.
"Doctors completing their post-graduation and super-specialisation this year from civic-run hospitals will have to work in peripheral hospitals, speciality hospitals, maternity homes and primary health posts run by the BMC to fulfill their one-year bond of serving in government health services," said Dr Sanjay Oak, director, medical education, and dean of KEM Hospital.
The other civic-run hospitals include Sion and Nair hospitals. The plan will be executed from August 1.
Till now, doctors completing their post-graduation and super-specialisation from government and civic hospitals were sent to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, which posted them to rural areas in the state to complete the one-year service bond.
"Now, doctors from civic-run hospitals will be deputed to health establishments run by the civic body," said Dr RR Shinde, head of preventive and social medicine department, KEM Hospital.
Dr Oak said that those who do not wish to serve the bond have to pay a fine of Rs15 lakh (post-graduate doctors) or Rs 25 lakh (super-speciality doctors).
There are 16 peripheral hospitals, five speciality hospitals, 26 maternity homes and 168 primary health posts governed by the BMC.
"At present, there are 400 vacant posts in the peripheral hospitals," said Dr Oak.
"Out of the 800 odd students, we will absorb as many as possible to the extent of our vacancies," said additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.
The doctors will work as medical officers.
"We will try to give them an opportunity to work in their specialised field and will give a monthly remuneration of at least Rs 45,000. We will explore the possibility of providing a single room for their accommodation," said Dr Oak.