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AP: Government to reduce mandatory rural postings of doctors

AP: Government to reduce mandatory rural postings of doctors

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government is planning to reduce medico rural appointments for compulsory rural service from 1200 to 300, as a cost cutting measure. There are about 1,200 PG medical students passing out every year. Instead of appointing all of them for rural service for one year, the government has decided to take only 300 candidates to save expenditure. TOI reports that It costs the government Rs 100 crore a year to pay their stipends.

By reducing the number of appointments, it plans to bring down the financial burden on the state exchequer. Presently , all the doctors, who have completed their PG and PG diploma courses, are posted in government hospitals across the state including Gandhi and Osmania in Hyderabad.

Most post graduate medical practitioners dodge serving in the rural areas by using their power and influence and getting urban postings, instead.

“There is no meaning in appointing them for one year, as they don’t want to work in rural areas,” said a top official. Last year, nearly 1,200 PG appointments were made in government hospitals, to meet the compulsory rural service rule. Each of them was paid a monthly stipend between Rs 38,000 and Rs 45,000.

Officials have estimated that Medical Council of India (MCI) norms call for 300 senior resident doctor appointments for quota maintenance of PG medical seats.

According to the stipulated guidelines of the MCI, there should be four resident doctors for one professor, one associate professor and two assistant professors; as they constitute a unit. Based on these units, the MCI decides on PG seats in medical colleges. “We need 300 seats to ensure that the PG medical quota is maintained,” said Vice-Chancellor, Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences. Dr Karunakar Reddy.

Officials state, compulsory rural service was made compulsory by the state government in undivided AP. “This is only a state government rule. We can change it,” officials said. They said only those candidates willing to work in rural areas should be appointed under compulsory service. “The government should fill up 250 vacant posts of assistant professors. We will welcome any decision to do way with compulsory service,”  G Sriniavas, Advisor, Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association told the TOI.

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    Dr.Sonal Dayama March 25, 2017, 9:25 am

    \”We will welcome any decision to do way with compulsory service,” by G Sriniavas, shows apathy of medical doctors towards rural India.One year is nothing compared to 10 years that the doctors struggle to get degree.This one year is not only less for the masters of this profession to champion easily but this one year is also full of enriching experience.Any doctor who has struggled day and night for studies, roamed in corridors of the hospitals with blood samples, done 36 hours duty or more at a strech, heard the constant sounds of ICU can bear this one year of \” rural hardship\”.My collegues with agree with me that as doctors we have become stone hard for such hardships kind of postings.Extending one year more of this sometimes gives us a burden. But I would like to urge my doctor friends to please take this up voluntarily, as this one year of rural posting will change your perspective of human life, help you grow and have more empathy when a patient comes to your posh urban clinic next time.It will make you more human.This profession with so much integrity least expects comments such as one made by G.Srinivas above.Best Wishes.