Published On: Wed, Nov 25th, 2015

Uttarakhand to recruit docs from Tamil Nadu

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For the first time Director General, health, Uttarakhand, Dr R P Bhatt will be visiting Tamil Nadu , followed by other states of India,  in order to woo the doctors to practice in Uttarakhand . The three day visit would start from November 26 onwards in which director is expected to visit various health institutions and state health body for exploring possibilities.

Speaking with TOI, health minister of Uttarakhand, Surendera Singh Negi, said, “It is one of the unique step of state government wherein, health department has been directed to step out of the Uttarakhand to bring home better health services by recruiting talented doctors from other states.”

The next destination of recruiting the doctors would be Odisha, citing reason behind choosing these two states in the preliminary stage, minister said that there is no dearth of medical colleges in these two states and also, the doctors are working at a low wages. In Uttarakhand, health department would provide them better facilities and enhanced salary in comparison to their native states.

“In the initial stage we will zero-in on the medical facilities of selected states and the potential they have to be able to act as catalyst in the lifting the health facility of Uttarakhand. By mid of December Uttarakhand’s first ever medical recruitment board will be active and would start conducting various recruitment drives as we would plan after the preliminary findings.” said Dr R P Bhatt, director, Uttarakhand health and family welfare department.

It is noteworthy that in the past, Uttarakhand couldn’t allure the doctors under its various schemes such as Guest Doctor Scheme, in fact, under seventh Uttarakhand public service commission, state government had appointed 402 doctors for Uttarakhand in June 2015 but only 175 doctors joined. In Garhwal region, 240 and in Kumaon region 162 doctors were appointed, however department couldn’t succeed in bringing remaining 227 doctors on board.

Uttarakhand is battling against the severe manpower shortage in the health sector in all districts. As per conservative estimates, the state needs at least 600 specialized doctors for lifting the state of affairs in health segment of Uttarakhand.

As per a conservative estimate, health department is in dire need of specialist doctors as on date the department has around 800 plus doctors. The departmental data suggest that out of 126 sanctioned posts of Surgeons 84 are lying vacant, similarly 110 posts of gynaecologists, 99 posts of physicians, 98 posts of radiologists, 86 posts of pathologists, 57 posts of orthopaedic surgeons, 37 posts of cardiologists and 30 posts of dermatologists are lying vacant in the state health services.

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