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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

'Vacant posts of doctors to be filled in year-and-a-half'

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Sangrur, January 06, 2014
First Published: 19:39 IST(6/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:40 IST(6/1/2014)

With a view to provide better health services at government hospitals in the state, the Punjab government has decided to fill vacant posts of doctors in next year-and-a-half.

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This was stated by Punjab health and family welfare minister Surjit Kumar Jyani after the inauguration of an upgraded community health centre as sub-division hospital at Lehragagga on Monday.

Talking to mediapersons, Jyani said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has taken the issue seriously and the state government was in the process to fill 200 vacant posts of doctors, 200 posts of additional doctors, 280 posts of specialist doctors and 560 posts of staff nurses besides other paramedical staff in the next 18 months.

The minister added that the state government was also planning to boost infrastructure at all government hospitals. Earlier, the health minister accompanied by Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa inaugurated sub-divisional hospital, which has been upgraded at a cost of `6 crore, taking its capacity from 30 to 50-bed hospital.

The hospital will also have modern health facilities, including OPD, X-rays, lab tests, operation theatre and mortuary, added the minister.

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