BHUBANESWAR, 22 September:
After allowing medical graduates from other states to join public health facilities, the state government is likely to amend the Odisha Medical and Health Services (OMHS) Rules, 2017 to allow direct recruitment of specialists with an enhanced pay package. ready for.
The move is expected to tackle the crisis arising out of acute shortage of specialist doctors in the state. More than 1,200 posts of specialists are lying vacant, severely affecting health services in remote areas. Of the sanctioned 2,708 posts of specialists, about 1,500 are in posts.
As per the existing rules and regulations, fresh MBBS pass-outs and post graduate doctors, if recruited to the base level posts, get the same pay and allowances. Despite two years of specialization, there is no difference in the salary and allowances prescribed for PG doctors, which is why many prefer not to join the state cadre.
A senior health official said that the state government is planning to recruit specialists at base level posts with higher pay and additional perks. “Normally, we get specialists by MBBS doctors after they do post graduation or get promotions. But when recruited at the basic level, both get the same pay as prescribed for the base level posts,” he said.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has constituted a high level committee to examine the process of recruitment of specialists in other states and suggest amendments to be made in the cadre rules. They will also advise on the pay and other allowances to be fixed for the directly recruited specialists.
The committee, headed by the Managing Director of the National Health Mission, consists of the Special Secretary (Medical Services), the Director of Medical Education and Training, the Director of Health Services and the Director of Public Health as members. “Once the seven-member panel suggests changes, the OMHS Rules, 2017 will be amended to include experts in the cadre.
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We are hopeful that experts will join the state cadre if adequate compensation is given as compared to other states. The move would require the approval of the state cabinet. The state government had amended the rules in 2020 to woo doctors from other states. For the first time, it allowed medical graduates from outside Odisha to join medical services to fill up massive vacancies in public health facilities.
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Story first published: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 17:40 [IST]