12 August 2010
By Shailvee Sharda
Govt Mulls Incentives For Medicos Who Serve In Villages
As per the scheme, rural assignments will earn the MBBS doctors 10–30 extra marks they need to ensure a postgraduate (PG) medical seat. Government has plans to use this new work–force through National Rural Health Mission.
The state government is acting on recommendations made by the National Council for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH). Union health ministry made relevant changes in certain regulations under the Indian medical council Act, 1956.
Union health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad had also written to chief minister Mayawati in this regard. ‘‘Additional weightage will be given in the postgraduate entrance examination at a rate of 10% for each year of rural service.
A candidate may avail a maximum of 30% for three years of working in rural areas," said the letter by Azad. Medical education department officials are not sure whether the scheme would be ready for implementation from the next academic session or not.
‘‘We all are aware of the shortage of doctors in the state... people in the city may reach out to the doctors in private sector but the poor villagers land up at the clinics of quacks. Making medicos work in lieu of academic benefits is perhaps the only resort," said a senior officers at state medical education directorate.
Experts in health services are of the view that the formula would work out.
"Doctors shying away from rural areas, would now work. After all, MBBS doctors with rural work experience will sit for the PG exam with 10–30 marks guaranteed," said Dr DP Mishra, ex–president provincial medical health services.
Another recommendation made by the NCHRH has been adopted by the health ministry. Under this, 50% of the seats for postgraduate diploma courses would be reserved for medical officers who serve in remote and difficult areas for at least three years. However, this is yet to be embraced by the UP government.
Medicos For Masses
- Ideally, UP needs 50,000 doctors for running services smoothly but today, even if one includes those appointed on contract basis along with regular ones, the number is around 10,000
- The provincial medical and health services cadre, having over 12,000 posts is has just 8500 heads to count
- Graduating doctors do not want to join public sector due to low salaries, lack of facilities and rural posting. The fact that of the 2000 odd medical officers recruited over the last two years, 1500 did not report for the pre–joining induction programme held early this year stands to prove
- Making matters worse, is the fact that over 700 doctors have applied for voluntary retirement while 500 retire on an annual basis
- UP medical colleges churn about 750 doctors (from government medical colleges) but only 400–odd get selected for post graduation