Postgraduate doctors in the state have been left in the lurch over postings allotted to them by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) for the one-year compulsory medical service.
“During our first counselling session, we opted for Employee State Insurance Schemes (ESIS) Pune, assuming the posting was for the hospital. During the second round, I was told it was not the Pune ESIS hospital, but the Pune region. We had no choice but to take the posting, as we would not be eligible for further rounds if we opted out,” said Dr Tushar Joshi, who has completed his post graduate degree in pathology from JJ Hospital.
Dr Joshi has submitted a written complaint to the DMER. “There should be some clarity during the counselling sessions on the available postings,” he said.
Dr Neha Gupta, a post graduate from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur, had also selected ESIS Pune for the compulsory service but in the second round, she was allotted a posting in Dhule. “We are ready to serve the posting, but such ambiguity has affected many of us,” she said.
Dr Maya Wankhede, director, ESIS, said this was the first time bonded candidates were offered postings at ESIS facilities. “During the second counselling round, students informed us about their concerns. We told them to approach the DMER,” said Dr Wankhede.
However, the DMER said it was not at fault. “It is the candidates’ mistake. They signed the bond for compulsory rural service and should be ready for postings anywhere in the state, including rural areas,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, DMER.