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Bid to attract doctors from other states

AFTER SEVERAL unsuccessful attempts at attracting Madhya Pradesh based doctors to take up government service in the state, specially in rural areas, the State Public Health and Family Welfare Department is now planning to attract doctors from other states to come and work here.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 16:07 IST

AFTER SEVERAL unsuccessful attempts at attracting Madhya Pradesh based doctors to take up government service in the state, specially in rural areas, the State Public Health and Family Welfare Department is now planning to attract doctors from other states to come and work here.

Posts would soon be advertised nationally through newspapers and other media in order to create awareness about the vacancies available in MP. “Till now we used to advertise only through local media and doctors in other states hardly came to know about government job vacancies existing here,’’ Health Department Principal Secretary M M Upadhyay told Hindustan Times today.

“With advertisements appearing in national media all across the country, doctors in other states would definitely be attracted to come to MP for government jobs,’’ Upadhyay maintained. He added that the first of such advertisements could be expected very soon.

Meanwhile, State Health Commissioner Ashok Barnwal informed that presently there was shortage of almost 750 doctors in MP while there are about 4700 sanctioned posts of doctors in the state. Of the total vacant posts nearly 200 are of specialists.

“We will soon place All India advertisements to attract doctors from other states,’’ he said. Barnwal stressed that the pay scales and perks offered to doctors on contract service in MP were amongst the highest in the country.

“Doctors on contract assignments are paid handsome salary besides performance based incentives,’’ he asserted. He informed that the state government offers salary of Rs 15000 per month to MBBS doctors on contract; while for specialists and Post-Graduate doctors the monthly salary is Rs 18000. “Besides salary, a doctor in MP is also likely to earn monthly incentive of up to Rs 10000 based on performance,’’ Barnwal said.

However, on the issue of offering some more fringe benefits to doctors from other states, besides those already in practice, the Health Commissioner stated he could not comment on it. “ That is a policy matter and can be decided only at the Cabinet level,’’ he said.

He, nevertheless, maintained that the state government was already offering very lucrative packages to contract doctors willing to serve in rural areas of the state.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 16:07 IST