More and more specialist docs opting for contract jobs
Dr Harsh, a child specialist, who was a regular doctor at the Hisar civil hospital till recently, has joined the service on contract basis in the same hospital, but with a fatter pay package and freedom to carry private practice.punjab Updated: Jan 25, 2014 23:03 IST
Dr Harsh, a child specialist, who was a regular doctor at the Hisar civil hospital till recently, has joined the service on contract basis in the same hospital, but with a fatter pay package and freedom to carry private practice.
Similarly, Dr Pooja, a gynaecologist at the Hisar civil hospital, recently opted for the contract job.
Dr Shivali Mittal, a government doctor, who was getting Rs 40,000 as a regular gynaecologist till recently is now earning Rs 1 lakh at Palwal civil hospital on contract basis. Dr Bhagwat Swaroop Sharma, a child specialist for the last 15 years in the same hospital too has joined on contract.
In Mewat, Dr Snehlata, a surgeon for last four years, has now joined contract service on `1 lakh monthly salary.
In Rohtak, Dr Davinder Kaur has offered to quit her regular government services and recently appeared in an interview meant for contractual aspirants.
The health department move to hire specialist doctors at hefty pay packages on contract basis is discouraging the regular government doctors.
Director general health services Dr NK Arora said that the contractual doctors would be working like regular doctors and they would be conducting all the tasks and they would not be allowed to carry private practice. He said that all these things are mentioned in the contract.
Contradicting his version, Dr Kuldeep Singh, state president of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA), said that there was no mention that contractual doctors couldn't carry private practice. According to the contract, they would be working for six hours. He said that the lure of private practice is the main factor which is drawing regular doctors towards joining contractual service.
He questioned that if a doctor gets better pay, freedom to work privately after working hours and avoids headache of accountability, then who would like to remain in government job.
Health department has ordered for hiring 8-10 contractual doctors in all the 18 districts, in which government doctors are front-runners.
He said that the policy was adversely affecting the health services and government doctors were felling discouraged.
Dr Sheel Pajini, who is posted at the civil hospital here, said that it was quite ironic that the government was regularising the contractual doctors at the entry elevel and doing just the opposite when it comes to specialist doctors.
Experts say that the biggest sufferers would be the patients as they can be taken for a ride by doctors, who would also be working privately. Also, the doctors could misuse the government infrastructure for personal gains.