Docs say service conditions poor
THE MADHYA Pradesh Medical Officers? Association today said that unless the State Government created respectable service conditions for doctors, it would continue to have shortage of doctors in the Government hospitals.india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 15:09 IST
THE MADHYA Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association today said that unless the State Government created respectable service conditions for doctors, it would continue to have shortage of doctors in the Government hospitals.
In its general council meeting, the Association said that despite repeated advertisements doctors of the State were not getting attracted to State services. But successive State governments have still not thought as to why doctors were no longer interested in Government jobs.
The Association president Dr Lalit Shrivastava said that conditions were not so bad 15 to 20 years back but gradually they deteriorated and now the situation has come to a pass where 1,000 posts of doctors were vacant in government hospitals and another 300 doctors have applied for voluntary retirement.
In the next five years, another 1,500 doctors would be applying for VRS and by the year 2010, more than half the
posts of medical officers would be vacant, he said.
He further said that there were concrete reasons why Government jobs have lost attraction for the doctors. More than 90 per cent of the doctors retire from the same post on which they are appointed.
On the one hand, State Government was promising total emoluments of Rs 15,000 to graduate doctors and Rs 18,000 to post-graduate doctors besides incentive of Rs 10,0000 and medical officers’ selected through Public Service Commission (PSC) were not getting more than Rs 15,000 per month after deductions after 17-18 years of service.
Besides, they are not given any allowances or facilities. Let alone, Central pay scale, service condition of doctors in MP was far worse than many states.
Dr Shrivastava further said that if the State Government was sincere in its efforts to recruit doctors, it should talk to office-bearers of the Association on grudges of doctors against it. Only then, it would pave way for better service conditions for doctors and they would be attracted to join Government service, he added.
First Published: Feb 05, 2006 15:09 IST