Vacant doctors’ posts at public hospitals in Maha villages to be filled by ayurveda graduates
Members of Indian Medical Association (IMA), however, are worried that the quality of medical care will go down.mumbai Updated: May 14, 2017 23:19 IST
Vacant posts of doctors in government hospitals in rural and tribal areas could be filled by Bachelors of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) graduates in the next two months, said top health officials from the public health department. The move, however, has raised a storm among members of Indian Medical Association (IMA), who are worried that the quality of medical care will go down.
Maharashtra has more than 100 district and sub-district government hospitals. The state also has 12 women’s hospitals. Officials added that there is a 12-15% staff shortage across all public medical facilities in the state. To fill the vacant posts in two months, the responsibility of hiring the doctors has been given to district collectors rather than officials of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS).
Talking to HT, Vijay Satbir Singh, additional chief secretary (health), said that they have set a timeline of two months to address the issue. “District collectors will publish advertisements for walk-in interviews, select candidates and send the recommendations to the state. It will the ease burden on DHS, and effectively pace up the hiring process,” said Singh.
He added that if there are not enough applications from MBBS candidates, they will fill up the posts with Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) candidates who are eager to work in rural and tribal areas. “In a rough comparison, we have 100 applications from BAMS doctors against one from an MBBS doctor. We will fill these posts on a temporary basis, so that every citizen has access to medical care,” added Singh.
IMA officials, however, said that the government should focus on improving infrastructure and wages, instead of hiring BAMS doctors. “It will not only affect the quality of medical care, but also promote cross-pathy — the practice of prescribing homoeopathy and ayurvedic drugs along with allopathy medicines — as these doctors will end up prescribing allopathic medicine with no training whatsoever. Doctors ignore the posts due to red-tape, low salaries and bad infrastructure, not because of the village or tribal setting,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, Youth Wing President of IMA.