‘Doctor hostels to come up in rural areas’
Srinagar: Waking up to staff crunch in rural healthcare, the state government has referred 375 posts of Medical Officers for recruitments besides approving staff for the new medical colleges coming up in districts.
Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Asiea Naqash told Kashmir Reader that the newly appointed staff, especially doctors and paramedics, will be posted in the rural hospitals of J&K and the upcoming medical colleges.
“We have already referred nearly 375 posts of Medical Officers to Public Service Commission (PSC) for fast-track selection. The approval has also been given to 3500 posts of doctors and paramedics for the new medical colleges,” Naqash said.
“Serious efforts have been made to meet the shortage of doctors in various hospitals. We will soon get a fresh lot of doctors and they will be posted in peripheral hospitals which are facing a shortage,” she said.
She said the Finance department had already endorsed the proposal of fresh appointments in the Health Department and upcoming medical colleges in J&K.
The minister said the Health department was also working on the construction of required infrastructure for doctors to be posted in rural areas including hostels facilities in the far-flung areas.
“We have directed the officials to find buildings in rural areas which are can run as the hostel for doctors posted there. We are ready to take them on rent basis immediately till we construct required infrastructure on government land,” Naqash said.
She said the doctors posted in rural areas would get various benefits and facilities.
“We will prioritise the rural hospitals so that people don’t face any problem. Doctors will get various benefits and facilities under our new policy. But if they still escape rural postings, we will deal with them very strictly,” the minister said.