Friday, 18 March 2011

Rural doctors seek PG perk

KOLKATA: Doctors who have completed three years of service in rural areas are likely to get incentives in the form of additional marks when they appear for the post-graduate entrance examination. A group of doctors from the health services met senior officials at Swasthaya Bhawan on Tuesday on the issue.

There was a recommendation by the Medical Council of India ( MCI) to award an additional 30% marks to doctors who have worked for three years in villages when they sit for MD entrance examination. Though the suggestion dates back to 2009, the state is yet to implement it.

There are 360 seats in the state for post-graduation courses.

"There is already some kind of consideration for doctors during the PG entrance examination. Last year, too, grace marks were awarded to candidates who had served for three years in rural areas. But, that is not enough for doctors who sacrifice a lot when they go to work in villages. The MCI recommendation of awarding 30% marks as incentive needs to be implemented at the earliest," said Sajal Biswas of Service Doctors' Forum (SDF).

Last year, 1,500 doctors from West Bengal Health Services appeared for the post-graduate entrance. Only 82 of them got through.

There was a meeting between representatives of SDF and senior officials of the health department. Though no final decision emerged, health officials have asked for a week's time to come to a conclusion.

"We will wait for a week and, yet, if no initiative is taken during this while, we will protest against the delay," said Biswas. 

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