‘1000 medical officers to be recruited within a month’

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Srinagar: The state government is working towards filling 1000 vacant posts of medical officers in the Health and Medical Education Department within one month.

Orders have also been passed to ensure the selected doctors join their places of posting at the earliest.

To end shortage of doctors in peripheral areas, the government is taking a slew of measures to make the 1000 medical officers available for posting immediately, an official in the department said.

In this regard, the J&K Public Services Commission (JKPSC) recently announced the date for written examination, which is barely nine days after the last date for submitting applications.

The written test will be conducted on 2 December on the pattern of the NEET-PG, an official in the PSC said.

PSC chairman Lateef-u-Zaman Deva, said the commission will ensure the selection list is ready by 15 December.

“We are working towards making recommendations based on written test results to the government by 15 December,” he said. The last date of application for the posts was 15 November.

In order to expedite the selection process, the government recently passed orders to do away with interviews and make selections on the basis of performance in the written test.

Last week, the government also passed an order to ensure selected medical officers are available to join immediately.

While giving a “one-time extension” for joining to 254 medical officers selected in January, the Health and Medical Education Department had ordered that “in future, selections / appointments of medical officers, selected medical officer shall not be allowed to continue with post graduation / tenures of senior residency / registrarship / demonstartorship”.

Those doctors who are selected as medical officers but are enrolled or are working on some other tenure post “will have only one choice, either to opt for appointment or opt out and go for post graduation / tenures of senior residency, registrarship, demonstartorship,” the order passed on 20 November reads.

The order mandates that upon joining, those doctors, who have been provided an extension, will have to work in “far flung and backward areas of the state for a minimum period of five years”.

Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo described the on-going recruitment in his department as the “fastest and one of the largest”. “The last recruitment drive of such a scale was carried out in the 1990s,” he said.

He said the recruitment would address doctor shortage and strengthen healthcare delivery in rural and peripheral areas. (GKNN)

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