Fifty per cent of posts for resident doctors in Delhi government hospitals will now be reserved for graduates and postgraduates from institutions in Delhi, according to a new policy for centralised recruitment of resident doctors under the Delhi health department.
Under the new policy, announced by the government on April 1, if candidates from Delhi are not available to fulfill the 50 per cent seat reservation, only then will candidates from other states be considered.
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The policy also states that in selection of senior resident doctors, 80 marks have been allocated for the interview, and 20 marks for doctors who are already working in Delhi government hospitals on ad-hoc basis.
The 20 marks to be allocated will be done on the basis of work experience.
The division will range from around four marks for doctors who have worked for 3-6 months, to 20 marks for doctors who have been working in Delhi government hospitals for 1-1.5 years.
The policy has also brought in a mandatory requirement of a year’s service in two peripheral hospitals on the outskirts of Delhi for all senior resident doctors, regardless of the hospital of their appointment.
In the three-year tenure of senior residency in teaching hospitals, all resident doctors will have to spend two years in the allotted hospital, and one year in postings at two peripheral hospitals for six months each. Senior resident doctors have post-graduate specialisations including MD, MS or DNB in a specialised discipline, and seek work experience after their specialisation.
They usually man wards and emergencies after OPD hours, and also assist consultants in surgeries and OPDs. “The experience certificate of teaching hospital will not normally be given if the doctor leaves the job at any time in the three years without completing the peripheral tenure,” the order states.
The newly designated five regional health directors of Delhi will issue the teaching and non -teaching posting certificates.
The new policy has also stated that the posts of non-academic junior resident doctors — doctors who have completed their graduation but are not pursuing any postgraduate training — will be abolished in a phased manner, and replaced by posts of academic junior residents by creating more PG seats. Academic junior residents are doctors who are pursuing any postgraduate degree in any specialty.
According to the new policy, after completing the recruitment of academic junior residents in existing posts, the other vacant posts of junior residents — which were being filled by non-academic residents — will now be converted to posts of senior residents in every specialty. These are doctors who have already completed their post graduation.
Dr Pankaj Solanki, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) said, “We will be meeting on Monday to discuss the new policy. We will take a decision based on the feedback we get from resident doctors.”