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Jan date for health board

Siliguri, Nov. 22: The West Bengal Health Recruitment Board that was constituted by the state government to expedite the fresh appointment of doctors and medical employees will start functioning from January next year.

The announcement was made by Nirmal Majhi, a member of the Assembly’s standing committee of health and family welfare, during a visit here today.

Majhi, the Trinamul Congress MLA from Uluberia North, said the recruitment board had been constituted recently and was ready to start its work.

“For the past eight to 10 years, the recruitment of doctors and other health employees through the West Bengal Public Service Commission has been minimal. So, the Trinamul government has decided to form the health recruitment board for the speedy appointment of medical staff. The board has been constituted recently and will start functioning from January,” said Majhi, who is also the president of Indian Medical Association’s Bengal chapter.

He today visited Siliguri District Hospital and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.

“Even before the health recruitment board was created, the Mamata Banerjee government had recruited 3,200 doctors and 2,800 nurses and paramedical staff members in two years,” Majhi said.

He informed that the government was planning to create funds for free treatment of people below poverty line.

“We have also written to NRI doctors practising abroad, requesting them to come back and serve the state. Some of them have responded positively,” said the MLA.