Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No plan yet for mandatory rural stint for doctors

No plan yet for mandatory rural stint for doctors
HYDERABAD: The year-long mandatory rural stint for post graduate medical students has no plan in place yet again for the second consecutive year, doctors alleged.

Junior doctors after meeting health minister Kondru Murali Mohan on Tuesday said there are still no guidelines specifying clearly whether they will be given postings in their own area of specialisation, besides accommodation and other facilities at the place of posting.

"In such a scenario both doctors and patients would suffer. Imagine an ophthalmologist who is trained to treat eye problems is made to conduct deliveries. We want the government to first bring out the guidelines. We have given the government a week's time to consider our demand failing which we will boycott duties," said Dr G Aditya, a junior doctor representative.

The medicos are said to have told the health minister that instead of giving one-year postings, the government should consider regular recruitment as they are willing to work in rural areas.

In what appears to be a mammoth task for the health department, nearly 2,500 post graduates and diploma holders would be embarking on their year-long rural stint this year (as against last year's 343 medicos) to provide healthcare services in the state-run healthcare facilities in the peripheries that have largely remained ill equipped to handle even basic healthcare needs of the rural population.

Medicos also complained that it has been two months since results have been announced but the government was yet to give them postings.

Furthermore, medicos said as per a recent GO issued by the government, the private college managements are collecting the total stipend amount payable for the period of the course at the time of admission from the candidate admitted.

"The stipend amount totals to about Rs 7.2 lakh for three years PG course. If not paid, the managements are threatening they would cancel the seat. How can a poor candidate pay the huge amount besides the annual fee of Rs 2.9 lakh," the representatives questioned.

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