BHOPAL : Health Minister Narottam Mishra, giving details of achievements of his department over the last one year, said that the government would guarantee the competence of its doctors.

Mishra said this in the context of the uncovering of scam in the PMT admissions. He was asked that how the government could be sure of the competence of its doctors when the entire process of admissions in MBBS and PG courses in medical colleges was under cloud.

Mishra emphatically stated that there was no ‘fake’ doctor in the state. He said there was a shortage of 8,000 doctors across the state.

Speaking about his department’s action plan, Mishra said the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission had begun the process for recruitment of 1,271 doctors and 5,000 doctors would be recruited by 2018. He said no sub-standard medicine was purchased by the government in the State. Mishra added that the government does not need to take lessons from the deaths in Family Planning camp in Chattisgarh as “everything is going on well in the state”.

Commenting on his alleged confrontation with the Principal Secretary over terminated Health Director Ashok Sharma, Mishra said the concerned file was not sent to him initially but it was sent to him after termination, on which he gave his approval. He said although no proposal was sent by his department for opening medical college in Shivpuri and Chhindwara but if the Chief Minister has made any announcement in this regard, then it would be complied with.

Speaking on filing of curative petition in connection with number of deaths in the tragedy, Mishra said court had to take a decision in this regard.

On the issue of his differences with Principal Secretaries, Mishra said both the PSs of his department were efficient and he does not want their transfer. He said Principal Secretary should inspect private nursing homes to check the bills charged from patients 300 medicines to be  distributed from January 1

Narottam Mishra said 300 types of medicines would be distributed free of charge in district hospitals from January 1, 2015. He said chemotherapy has been started for the treatment of Cancer in hospitals of 44 districts. Mishra said as many as 19 private medical colleges would be opened along with government colleges by 2018 in districts like Vidisha, Ratlam, Shahdol, Datia, Khandwa, Seoni and Satna. He added that there are 1800 seats in medical colleges in the state and a target to increase 750 seats by opening new medical colleges by 2015 has been set.

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