Lucknow: Stricken with the acute shortage of Medical practitioners in the state, the UP government ash now shown its inclination to engage private doctors in government hospitals to ensure smooth running of health services.
A recent report in HT points out that the state government has sought a well-planned proposal from the DGHS detailing the engagement of private doctors for voluntarily devoting time for treating patients at district hospitals as well as PHCs and CHCs immediately.
The initiative, adds the daily, is personally being led by the state medical and health minister Sidharth Nath Singh, who during his meetings with doctors at Lucknow, Allahabad as well as Varanasi has urged them to devote at least four hours a week to serve patients at district hospitals as well as PHCs and CHCs.
The move is designed to ensure sooth running of healthcare services, in the state which is currently suffering from a shortage of around 7,000 doctors including 1800 specialists. Estimate shows that the shortages goes as high as 41% with only 10,000 posts out of the total 17,000 posts having been filled. The shortage is even more glaring in terms of specialists, which stand at 3700 doctors only.
While the government is looking out for systemic solutions to manage the shortage in the long run, roping in private practitioners in indeed on the cards right now.
Various modalities like the fixed honorarium for these doctors and specialists besides a consultation fee from the government on the basis of the number of patients they attended while ‘on call’ would all be worked out by the medical and health department and submitted to the state government for approval reports HT. Moreover Indian Medical Association state branch has been roped in for coordination and implementation.
“Indian Medical Association will act as our facilitators for the initiative and it would be in coordination with its office-bearers that we plan to work out a duty roster for these doctors who volunteer for the task,” The Health Minister told HT.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the state government is going to conduct walk in interviews and recruitment camps, to quickly meet the doctor shortage in the state.