Sops For Doctors

In a bid to lure and retain specialists and doctors to serve in remote areas, attractive monetary remunerations and non monetary benefits may be provided to them, advised the Union Government.

In its latest advisory to the State Government, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has listed out some of the provisions of providing attractive monetary benefits to doctors by way of flexible, negotiable remuneration for doctors and specialists as per the market reality for that area, facility and for that specialty.
Preeti Sudan, Union Secretary Health & Family Welfare has pointed out to the State Government about hard area allowance to doctors, especially specialists, for serving in remote and difficult areas subject to achievement of minimum number of performance outcomes identified and agreed upon.
This can also be provided to doctors in regular cadre as a top up from National Health Mission (NHM).
She has suggested performance based incentives, preferably as team based incentives with definite proportion to be paid to individual doctor (for performance beyond a minimum threshold), so that individual doctor performing well can take home higher amounts and service delivery at these facilities improves.
Union Government has asked for construction of residential facilities within the campus of hospitals or residential facilities or Transit Hostels with pantry support, especially in areas where doctors may not be interested in staying with their family.
Centre has also advised for provision of professional advancement opportunities such as attending conferences and workshops for skill and knowledge up-gradation, which will help in addressing concerns related with professional isolation of serving in remote difficult areas.
Centre has suggested for creation of Post Graduate Medical Officer (PGMO) cadre wherein doctors with PG Degree/Diploma are recruited at higher pay scale vis-à-vis MBBS doctors, while asking for formulation and adoption of transparent human resources (HR) policies for transfer, posting, promotion, etc.
In an innovative advice, Union Government has asked the State administration for a fixed tenure clubbed with choice posting thereafter, wherein doctors are posted for a pre-defined fixed tenure (of say 2-3 years) with posting at a place of choice thereafter.
Fixed tenure posting in hard areas clubbed with another order wherein the posting order itself contains relieving order after the fixed tenure so that the health personnel do not have to wait for the next incumbent to join before getting relieved from such areas, said Sudan.
Union Government has advised for augmenting the recruitment practices with campus recruitment, walk-in-interviews, innovative advertisements, ‘you bid, we pay’ wherein doctors are requested to quote the desired remuneration, etc.
Initiation of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) courses and Certificate Course for Physicians and Surgeons (CPS) courses through the District and Sub Division hospitals in the state to increase the pool of specialists has also been advised.
Stipends to students from remote areas for pursuing nursing education with the condition to serve in such areas for a minimum time period may be given, said the Union Secretary.

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