Published On : Mon, Feb 29th, 2016

CM orders appointment of 1100 doctors at PHCs directly to overcome shortage

Hitherto the appointments were made through Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) only.

CM FadanavisNagpur:
Taking the shortage of doctors at Public Health Centres (PHCs) seriously the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered appointment of 1100 doctors directly. Following the orders, the State Health Ministry will now appoint 500 “A” class medical officers in PHC’s of 14 districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada through ‘Walk in Interview’. The remaining 600 doctors will be appointed in other parts of the State. The appointments of doctors at PHCs hitherto were made through Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) only.

The State Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant had sought the Chief Minister’s nod for direct appointment doctors at PHCs in areas affected by farmers’ suicides. Now, the appointments will be made by the committees headed by respective District Collectors across the state including in farmers’ suicides affected areas. The Committees will comprise of ZP CEOs, District Social Welfare Officers, Civil Surgeons, District Medical Officers, and Assistant Commissioner of Tribal Development Department as members. The 14 districts hit by farmers suicides include 8 districts in Marathwada, 5 in Amravati Division and Wardha in Nagpur Division. In these districts, the direct appointment of doctors will be made on the basis of reservation criteria only. Priority will be accorded to the PHCs where not a single doctor exists at present. 75 percent of vacant posts will be filled up and it will be mandatory for the new medical officer to stay in headquarters only, said the Minister Dr Deepak Sawant.

Vacant posts of MD also to be filled up:
Sawant further said that those MBBS medical officers proceed for MD studies extend their services at district hospitals or any other Government hospitals. However, they draw their salaries from the PHCs where they were posted earlier. For this very reason the post seems filled up but only on papers. Actually, the posts are vacant. Now, a proposal has been sent to the Chief Minister to fill up such vacant posts wherein the medical officers have proceeded for MD studies.

3000 Class “C,” “D” posts to filled up too:
The process to fill up 3000 Class “C,” “D” posts in various PHCs has been started. Applications have been called for and soon the written exams will be held. A total of 9000 such posts will be filled including 3000 in the second stage and another 3000 in the third stage, said Sawant.