Punjab

HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RE-HIRE SERVICES OF RETIRED DOCTORS IN PUNJAB

July 10, 2019 09:58 PM

SERVICE-LENGTH OF DOCTORS FOR PG COURSES REDUCED 

Abohar (Face2News)

The Punjab Health Department has reduced the required service length for the government doctors to pursue Post Graduate course. It will immensely help the doctors to study further after MBBS and do Post Graduate.

Speaking to media after meeting of District Grievances Redressal Committee at Fazilka, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health & Family Welfare and Labour Minister, said that the eligibility level for the government doctors to pursue PG courses has been cut to 50 percent. He said that earlier doctors have to render 4 to 6 years of government service before becoming eligible for doing PG and now this limit has been reduced to 2 to 3 years respectively.

He said that in order to fulfil the acute shortage of specialist doctors, the Punjab Government has decided to rehire the retired doctors between the age of 58 to 65 years. He said that these specialist doctors to deputed in the field to serve the people and they will not be deputed on administrative posts. He said that by doing so, Health Department would soon get services of 400 specialists in near future.

Sidhu said that primary focus of the department is to ensure that patients must get 250 basic medicines in the hospitals and they don’t have to buy these medicines from the private drug stores. Reiterating the Punjab Government’s resolve to provide the health services to the citizen at their doorsteps, the Health Minister said that 2950 Health Wellness Centres are being opened in the state, out of which 843 centres have started working.

Speaking about the availability of doctors in Fazilka district, he said that 7 new doctors have been deputed in the district. He said that department will soon initiate process to fill the vacant posts of drug inspectors. EOM

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