Belagavi: Specialist Doctors are unwilling to work at taluk level hospitals even after being offered salaries upto Rs 1. 25 lakhs, the state health minister informed the Legislative Council. The shortage has made the government re-think about alternatives in terms of training in-house MBBS doctors by offering diploma courses to them, the minister added.
KR Ramesh Kumar, Health Minister, candidly admitted to the reality of the situation on Monday.
“ We offered Rs 1 lakh per month to doctors, and an additional Rs 25,000 for specialists who can work in the Hyderabad-Karnatak region. But, what can a minister do if there are no takers? he said in a reply to a question posed by a BJP Legislative Council Member.
He further revealed government plans to train MBBS students by having them specialize in diploma courses and post them in Taluk Hospitals. “We are starting specialized diploma courses and will also keep track of the hundreds of doctors who pass out of the 53 medical colleges in the state,” Kumar said.
Another important revelation made by the minister was the government’s decision to have 2 dialysis units in the 146 taluk hospitals of the state by January1,2017. Presently the government has dialysis provision in only 34 taluk hospitals of the state. 19 of these happen to be un operational. The information was given to V. Somanna and Ganesh Karnik.
Government statistics reveal that not less than 2 lac people suffer from kidney problems. 20,000 fresh cases are being added to this number annually.According to information available only 1,078 people are being able to avail the dialysis facility.
“We will try to reach out to every poor and needy person who requires dialysis. While private hospitals charge Rs 1,300 or Rs 1,400 per cycle, we will charge only Rs 150. There will be no distinction among castes or income groups, everyone will be get the same treatment at the same price,” he said.
The Health Minister dismissed any possibility of having a tie-up with private hospitals to service people in need of dialysis.