WB to outsource docs to improve health services

WB govt said it would be compelled to appoint doctors from other states if the state`s doctors continued to refuse to join the rural health services.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2011, 21:46 PM IST

Kolkata: Taking a tough stand, West Bengal
government on Monday said it would be compelled to appoint doctors
from other states if the state`s own doctors continued to
refuse to join the rural health services.

Determined to shore up the health infrastructure in the
state, the government warned that appointment given to those
selected for the state health services would be scrapped if
they fail to join before December 11.

Director of Medical Education (DME), Sushanta
Banerjee said this to PTI after a high-level meeting, convened
by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with principals and top
officials of all medical college hospitals and leading medical
institutions in the state.
Banerjee said the chief minister had given her nod for
appointment of doctors through an all-India level recruitment
process in rural health centres.

"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has advised us to look
for an alternative way to solve the problems like shortage of
doctors", the DME said.

The doctors recruited from all India level would be asked
to join rural health centres and there would be no compromise
on that. The rural health centres cater to majority of the
population in the state.
The CM has also directed the authorities of all medical
college hospitals to ensure best services with more dedication
and accountability, he said.

The DME quoted the chief minister as saying that there
was a need to have a more `humane face` while serving the
people in distress.

A task force under Dr Tridib Banerjee, set up by the
state government, was working to ensure better treatment for
children and reduce death of children due to lack of attention
by hospital authorities, he said.

PTI