Karnataka to offer quick promotion, special incentives to doctors for service in rural areas
Bengaluru: In an attempt to improve the healthcare services in rural areas, the Karnataka Government is working on a policy to incentivize rural service by doctors. Besides, the Government will also upgrade the existing Primary Health Centers (PHCs).
Confirmation to this effect has been given by Karanataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar, who recently announced that in view of the scarcity of healthcare workers in rural areas of Karnataka, the government will adopt new policies to offer them quick promotion and also to confer them with special incentives.
This came while the minister was attending the eleventh convocation of the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research. He stated that almost 70% of the healthcare professionals practice in urban areas though 70% of the country's population is concentrated in rural areas or on the outskirts of states, hence it is important to encourage and improve rural healthcare.
Following this initiative, Karnataka will soon upgrade all existing Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the state to function 24/7 to improve healthcare.
This is indeed a measure taken to provide the necessary medical assistance to the people in rural areas. Moreover, in an effort to improve health care facilities and associated researches, the government has decided to plan a robust healthcare system that will include private and public health care providers and primary and secondary health care instead of tertiary care will be given more importance, he added.
Mentioning a difference in the availability of healthcare professionals in rural and urban areas, the minister elaborated that the state is going to adopt a new policy for the promotion of rural healthcare workers. The Hindu reports that Minister clarified, " if a doctor working in Bengaluru is promoted after six years of service, a doctor serving in Yadgir will be promoted in three years".
He further added that the government has introduced the system of compulsory rural service scheme for UG and PG medicos from this year.
"About 2500 graduate and postgraduates after completion of their courses should work in government facilities or in those places where the government posts them for a minimum period of 12 months", added the minister.