Mangaluru, Nov 25, 2014: Speaking to media on November 24, Minister for health and family welfare UT Khader said that plans are progressing in the department to appoint retired specialist doctors, who are below 65 years of age, on contract basis. The move, he said, is aimed to fill the vacancies of specialists in government hospitals.
He said over 1,500 posts of specialists including gynecologists, anesthetists and pediatricians remain vacant in the state. Retired doctors will be appointed on special monthly honorarium basis for a period of three years, or till further arrangements, in community health centres, general hospitals and district hospitals in the state; adding that deputy commissioners of respective districts are given permission to appoint retired doctors for hospitals in their jurisdictions.
Retired gynecologists, anesthetists and pediatricians will be appointed on contract for a honorarium of Rs 50,000 per month. Meanwhile, if a retired specialist is willing to work on a case to case basis, then the department will absorb with a retainer payment of Rs 5,000 per month. Such doctors, will be eligible to get Rs 1,500 in case of caesarian operation for gynecologists, Rs 1,000 for anesthetists and Rs 500 for pediatricians. In addition, doctors, who are willing to work in outpatient departments, will be paid Rs 1,000 per day under Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project, the minister said.
The move is based on a request made by Chicnholi MLA Umesh G Jadav, who is a doctor-turned-politician. The MLA had sought permission from health department to serve in government hospitals in his constituency, where most of the specialists’ posts remain vacant, Khader said.
Ambulances : The Minister said the State government will upgrade its fleet of Arogya Kavacha ambulances by adding 198 more vehicles from Wednesday Nov 26. Ninety eight ambulances have been purchased under the state budget allocation and 100 ambulances from the central government which was sanctioned during the previous UPA government’s tenure. Dakshina Kannada district will get 10 ambulances under the scheme.The ambulances will be placed at Talapady, Pumpwell, Mudipu, Natekal, Mani, Siddakatte,Sampaje,Haleyangadi, Kumbra and Kokkada. The Udupi district willget five ambulances to Hebri, Brahmavar, Baindur, Belman and Kaup.
Stating that there are 583 ambulances in the State, the Minister said that the government decided to earmark one ambulance to population of 70,000,so that it can reach the patient within 15to17minutes. Those ambulances that have covered more than five lakh kmetre will be scrapped. So every year, 150 ambulances will be purchased to replace the old ones. Other matters too were thrashed out in the informal interaction.