SPECIAL AREA INCENTIVE BEING PROVIDED TO SPECIALIST DOCTORS DEPUTED IN REMOTE AREAS OF STATE: BALBIR SINGH SIDHU

POLICY TO REAPPOINT RETIRED DOCTORS TO BE IMPLEMENTED SOON

Chandigarh, August 30: The Punjab Minister for Health & Welfare Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu today handed over the appointment letters to 87 Specialist Doctors to serve in remote areas of the state.

\Mr Sidhu added that in order to fulfil the shortage of Specialists Doctors, the State Government has increased the salary of Specialist Doctors from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1,00,000. He said that to provide health facilities in the remote areas of State, the special area incentive of Rs.20,000 to Rs.60,000 is being also given to the special doctors after which doctors have showed the keen interest to serve in specific remote areas. He said that special incentives are being provided to Gynaecologists.

Congratulating newly-appointed Medical Officers, Mr. Sidhu said Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Government is paying special attention to the Department of Health and Education and various reforms have been implemented in these sectors.

The Health Minister also said that among 87 Special Doctors, 37 Gynaecologists, 23 Paediatricians, 9 Medicine Specialists, 10 Surgeons, 5 Psychiatrists and 3 DNB Consultants. He said that under National Health Mission, around 3,100 medical and para-medical besides other staff have been recruited as far. The procedure of other recruitment is under process.

The Health Minister further said that to further fulfil the need of Specialists Doctors, the State Government would soon implement the new policy to reappoint retired doctors. He said that under this new policy, the formula of paying salary to the reappointed doctors would be the last drawn salary minus pension.

Amongst other prominent present on the occasion included Secretary cum Mission Director National Health Mission Mr. Kumar Rahul, Political Secretary to Health Minister Mr. Harekesh Chand Sharma, Director Health Services Dr. Jaspal Kaur, Director Family Welfare Dr. Avneet Kaur, Director NHM Dr. Rita Bhardwaj , OSD/ Health Minister Dr. Balwinder Singh and HR Manager Mrs. Deep Shikha.

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