The state senate of the PCMS Specialist Doctors' Association had demanded a special cadre for specialist doctors. A meeting of the senate was organised on Sunday under the chairmanship of state president Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal.
“Specialists doctors working in Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) are feeling trapped due to poor working conditions, overwhelming responsibilities and low pay and allowances as compared to their counterparts in Central Health Services and in other states,” said Sohal.
He added that the quality of healthcare was also suffering as specialists were forced to perform the duties of general duty medical officers, which all doctors can perform competently.
“We are also concerned about the erosion of our status, increased bureaucratic and political interference and lack of facilities vis-à-vis our qualifications and capabilities. A prolonged neglect of the situation by the government has added to woes of the doctors and sufferings of the patients,” he added.
“We demand that a separate specialist sub cadre should be created in PCMS. These specialist doctors should be assigned only the work related to their speciality and they shall not be asked to perform duties of GDMO. A dedicated cadre of specialists will enhance the quality of patient care and decrease the workload of tertiary care institutions. The patients will be able to get high-end health care at their door-step.”
The senate also expressed its concern on the shortage of specialist doctors woth the Punjab health department.
“The state government's effort to recruit specialists via walk-in interviews has failed. So, all post-graduate seats in state medical colleges should be filled from amongst serving PCMS doctors, who already have signed a bond for a minimum service of five years with the state.”
“The decision of state government to increase the qualifying PCMS service to 6 years should be brought back to earlier criteria of three years. This will result to an increase in pool of available doctors for doing PG,” the house said.
The house has decided to submit a memorandum to all civil surgeons of the state on February 20, with a charter of demands, Dr Sohal added.