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Recruitment to fill vacant doctor posts

Patna, Dec. 25: The health department has finally taken the initiative to fill up posts at government medical colleges and district-level hospitals.

Sources said the department would recruit doctors on both regular and contract basis. The move would be helpful as government medical college hospitals and district hospitals face a crisis of doctors.

Patna Medical College, which has 50 additional MBBS seats this year, faces around 34 per cent deficiency of teachers.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) officials would soon visit the institute to renew the permission of the additional seats.

According to rules, if MCI increases the seats of any medical college, it visits the medical college concerned annually for five years continuously during which it decides whether to renew the permission of additional seats or not. If the council finds any deficiency, it may refuse to renew the permission for additional seats.

Earlier, chief secretary A.K. Sinha had to give an undertaking to MCI for all the state-run medical colleges after it pointed out deficiencies, including faculty crisis.

“We are going to fill up around 300 posts of senior residents/tutors in the state-run medical colleges. Besides, we are also going to hire around 150 assistant professors and 35 associate professors on contract basis. We have also taken the initiative of filling around 2,010 posts of general doctors and around 600 specialists of different disciplines like surgery, paediatrics, anaesthesia and ENT among others in the district hospitals. We are going to recruit general doctors and specialists in district hospitals on a regular basis. Around 50 posts of state-run ayurvedic colleges and 60 posts of state-run unani colleges would also be filled up,” said Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health.

Deepak said there was also a plan of filling up 1,300 posts of specialists in the district hospitals.