SRINAGAR The health department will transfer the doctors who are overstaying their tenure at different hospitals in city.
A major reshuffle is on the cards to strengthen the understaffed health care centres in far-flung areas, officials in the civil secretariat said. A list of overstaying doctors and deficiency of medicos in hospitals and other health care centres has been sought by the higher authorities.
Officials said the department was framing a list of doctors who have not served in rural areas so far so that they could be shifted out. The step is aimed to decrease the referral cases of patients and would reduce the burden on city hospitals, a senior official of the Health department said.
In Rural areas state is facing dearth of almost 50 percent manpower especially doctors.
A deficiency of around 7,000 employees exists in the department which has hit the health sector. Earlier the government had issued an order making it mandatory for a doctor to serve in rural areas for strengthening of the health centres in far-flung areas.
But the order was not implemented on the ground as most of the doctors opposed the move. They doctors have been mostly interested in serving only in district hospitals and various hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu district.
Now, the official said, all the overstaying doctors will be transferred very soon to overcome the dearth of doctors in rural areas. An official said the reshuffle will be ordered in Srinagar city as well as other districts of the state.
Those doctors who have served in cities only will be sent to rural areas to strengthen the understaffed hospitals in rural areas. Every doctor has to serve now in a rural area, he said.
He said he will make the doctors accountable to work for the welfare of the people.
State also has deficiency of 1,700 health institutions and Kashmir lacks 42 Community Health Centres (CHC), 122 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 898 Sub-Centres (SCs). As per population norms the health scenario of the State remains dismal.
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