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‘Rural deployment of doctors should have been considered priority,’ says Khader

‘Rural deployment of doctors should have been considered priority,’  says Khader

Karnataka: The union government’s  recent announcement  on raising   a medical practitioner’s service tenure to 65 years  has met with varied  reactions. Karnataka State Health Minister, U T Khader has responded by  saying  rural deployment of doctors should have been considered priority, instead of increasing years of service. Yet others feel urban rural doctor ratio needs to be pondered upon.

Reacting to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s recent announcement on service tenure for doctors, the Karnataka State Health Minister, U T Khader responded by saying,  “The Union Government policy makers could have focused on deploying doctors at rural areas rather than extending the retirement age of government doctors.” He further added that service tenures of doctors willing to work in the rural segments of the country should have been increased instead of that of all.

Highlighting the state of affairs in Karnataka,  a doctor concentrated state, Mr. Khader said that there was no dearth of doctors in urban Karnataka, however, there was paucity of  practitioners in rural Karnataka. Mr. Khader felt that the centre’s decision was not a thought out one, as it would only help fill up administrative posts based on seniority; while the actual problems of health in rural India would continue to persist, in the face of doctor reluctance to be posted there;  not to forget the absence of sound recruitment  policy on the part of the government.

Karnataka State Government Medical Officer’s Association, President, Dr Veerabhadraih,  agreeing with the Chief Minister’s point of view furnished details about how doctors shirk rural appointments by paying penalties and  opting out of rural tenures. Opinions were also expressed on working ages of doctors in private medical institutions being 70 years. According to some opinions expressed productivity was lessened  and so was  efficiency in these cases. However,  some doctors said that these doctors were valuable due to  their experience spans, for the younger ones.

A doctor working with Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), who requested anonymity, said, “More than judging the government’s new norms as a good or bad move, let’s stick to the ground reality. There is a serious dearth of doctors in government hospital, especially in the rural areas,” reported, The New Indian Express

He said, the government should focus on maintaining the ratio of doctors working in the urban and rural areas. “This would definitely help the doctors share the knowledge and experience with the younger doctors and amongst themselves,” he added.

 

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  1. Change recruitment rules, amend KPSC rules, Recruitment should be region wise through KPSC, other wise people from Bangalore, especially females get selected and opt for A Posting in and around Bangalore, by hook or crook try to get back to Bangalore even if they are initially posted to rural areas, other districts. Till 1996 the post in Bellary and Hubli Medical colleges would be largely vacant while all the faculty would be concentrated in Bangalore and Mysore. Once local recruitment were made, the problem was resolved. Contract basis Recruitment will not be of help. Doctors join Government service for 2 reason…. 1) pension and 2) PG seat…… Now it is contributory pension. So less attractive, if no PG seat or job security means further less attractive is the Government job. If doctors are posted around their native districts, they settle down there and then there will be no turning back. If rural health is not a public interest then nothing can be justified on the basis of public interest. These days there are good school coming up in other districts and taluk places. Under the present system more people from cities get selected and would not willing to work in rural areas. Either they manage to get a transfer or don’t join/ quit maintaining the vacancies. Also people from rural areas try and get in and around Bangalore. You provide them a chance, they will do it

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