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Bhopal: Doctors threaten resignation; protest against DME, medical education commissioner


In-service government doctors protest new norms for admission into PG courses at Satpuda Bhavan on Monday

BHOPAL: Around 250 doctors posted in health facilities of the state have decided to resign from their post because they are not getting admission in post graduation course. The doctors demonstrated at Satpuda Bhawan on Monday to press their demand of a proper policy to include most areas of the state so that they are eligible to take admission in PG course.

Dr Anoop Goyal informed that in 2016 the Supreme Court had issued a guideline for the in-service candidates to conduct diploma and PG courses. The state had planned the scheme in such a way that only 89 tribal blocks had been covered and the rest 245 blocks ignored. Due to this, doctors posted in only 89 blocks could get admission to government medical colleges in PG course under the scheme and the rest would never ever get the benefit of serving in rural areas.

States like Uttar Pradesh, Odisa, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and others had prepared the policy in such a manner that most parts were covered under the programme. Every doctor taking PG admission through in-service quota needs to fill a bond of Rs 30 lakh. If he/she leaves the job before five years, the amount has to be paid back. In the government colleges around 160 seats are available for PG course. It is claimed that after the completion of PG course, the specialist doctor will be posted in rural areas.

The doctors alleged they were running from pillar to post for last two months to get their demands addressed, but the medical education commissioner and director were not ready to pay heed to them. The doctors on Monday reached Satpura Bhawan and protested against DME, medical education commissioner and others. A five-member delegation later met health commissioner Pallavi Jain Govil and placed their demand.

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