More than 50 doctors quit as state faces healthcare workers

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Express press service

CHANDIGARH: Punjab is suffering from severe shortage of doctors in the health department. In the past four months since the AAP government came to power, more than 50 doctors have applied for the voluntary pension scheme or resigned due to “mistreatment” by ministers and MPs in raids in the hospitals.

On the other hand, AAP government said that from August 15, it will embark on ‘mohalla clinics’ on Delhi lines and government is hiring doctors on contract basis who will be paid Rs 50 per patient for 50 patients per day.

About 2,100 doctors applied for work at these clinics. No less than 75 Aam Aadmi clinics will be dedicated to the people on Independence Day.

Dr Akhil Sarin, chairman of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association, said the acute shortage of doctors and staff was due to the suspension of the cadre exam. “The state government undertook a cadre review in the early 1990s. At that time, there was a shortage of 1,000 doctors. Since then, the state has not conducted such a review. This means that the government is unaware of the shortage of doctors/staff,” Sarin said.

“We welcome the continued expansion of healthcare services in the form of ‘mohalla clinics’. However, without strengthening the existing healthcare framework, we doubt that these clinics will achieve their goal,” Sarin said.

Dr. Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa, Senior Vice President of PCMSA, said on the one hand that the government claims to regularize 36,000 contract employees and on the other hand that it hires doctors on contract basis in the “clinics Mohalla”. What they need are regular jobs.”

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Since the formation of the AAP government four months ago, party MPs and ministers have raided hospitals, schools, police stations and government offices.

Many doctors have resigned citing the “poor treatment” given to them. More than 50 doctors have either applied for RSV, many more from clinical branches have quit.

The PCMSA has prepared a list of these doctors. Of these, three Chief Medical Officers (SMOs) have requested RSV. One of the SMOs includes former CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s sister-in-law, who was assigned as the SMO and later transferred after the visit of the Minister of Health. A doctor who applied for VRS said, “Most of us mentioned personal reasons for leaving work. However, the reason for this is stressful working conditions and mistreatment.”

Health Minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra is busy touring the state and making surprise visits to government hospitals, sparking confrontations. Sarin says recent “mistreatment” by doctors, coupled with public expectations, has forced doctors to resign.

Ajoy Sharma, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said there was a shortage of around 800 doctors in the department. “We will soon be recruiting doctors. »

Asked about the doctors hired on a contractual basis for the “mohalla clinics”, he replied: “We need doctors to deal with the shortage. It’s an incentive program so doctors can earn more and their work can be monitored.

Sewa Kendras as ‘mohalla clinics’

The former Sewa Kendras of Punjab have been converted into “mohalla clinics”. These kendras have been refurbished with basic interior features, including a doctor’s room and a pharmacy.

During the SAD-BJP regime, more than 2,100 Sewa Kendras were opened, of which only 500 are functional

CHANDIGARH: Punjab is suffering from severe shortage of doctors in the health department. In the past four months since the AAP government came to power, more than 50 doctors have applied for the voluntary pension scheme or resigned due to “mistreatment” by ministers and MPs in raids in the hospitals. On the other hand, AAP government said that from August 15, it will embark on ‘mohalla clinics’ on Delhi lines and government is hiring doctors on contract basis who will be paid Rs 50 per patient for 50 patients per day. About 2,100 doctors applied for work at these clinics. No less than 75 Aam Aadmi clinics will be dedicated to the people on Independence Day. Dr Akhil Sarin, chairman of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association, said the acute shortage of doctors and staff was due to the suspension of the cadre exam. “The state government undertook a cadre review in the early 1990s. At that time, there was a shortage of 1,000 doctors. Since then, the state has not conducted such a review. This means that the government is unaware of the shortage of doctors/staff,” Sarin said. “We welcome the continued expansion of healthcare services in the form of ‘mohalla clinics’. However, without strengthening the existing healthcare framework, we doubt that these clinics will achieve their goal,” Sarin said. Dr. Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa, Senior Vice President of PCMSA, said on the one hand that the government claims to regularize 36,000 contract employees and on the other hand that it hires doctors on contract basis in the “clinics Mohalla”. What they need are regular jobs.” ALSO READ | Ayushman Bharat scheme stalled in Punjab as state government keeps hospital dues pending Many doctors have quit citing the ‘poor treatment’ they were given. More than 50 doctors have either applied for RSV, many more from clinical branches have quit. The PCMSA has prepared a list of these doctors. Of these, three Chief Medical Officers (SMOs) have requested RSV. One of the SMOs includes former CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s sister-in-law, who was assigned as the SMO and later transferred after the visit of the Minister of Health. A doctor who applied for VRS said, “Most of us mentioned personal reasons for leaving work. However, the reason for this is stressful working conditions and ill-treatment.” Health Minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra is busy touring the state and making surprise visits to government hospitals, sparking confrontations. Sarin says recent “mistreatment” by doctors, coupled with public expectations, has forced doctors to resign. Ajoy Sharma, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said there was a shortage of around 800 doctors in the department. “We will soon be recruiting doctors. When asked if doctors were hired under contract for the ‘mohalla clinics’, he replied: ‘We need doctors to deal with the shortage. It’s an incentive program so doctors can earn more and their work can be monitored. Sewa Kendras as ‘Mohalla Clinics’ Former Sewa Kendras in Punjab have been converted into ‘Mohalla Clinics’. These kendras have been refurbished with basic interior features, including a doctor’s room and a pharmacy. During the SAD-BJP regime, more than 2,100 Sewa Kendras were opened, of which only 500 are functional

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