Punjab government is considering giving special increments to make government service attractive for specialist doctors. Principal secretary of health Vini Mahajan,on Thursday,said that state-run hospitals were facing a shortage of specialist doctors because private hospitals are able to offer a more attractive salary. We intend to reduce this gap, she said.
She added that she Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had mandated that the health department come up with a comprehensive transfer and placement policy which would regulate the manner in which doctors are posted in Punjab hospitals.
The effort is to ensure that doctors do not approach officials to get favourable postings and transfers. We have to work out a system which takes care of this, she said.
She said the government will also begin the process of regulating the functioning of private hospitals and clinics in Punjab. The Clinical Establishments Bill,passed by the parliament,is yet to be adopted by Punjab and we will now begin work towards that, she said.
Mahajan pointed out that the state government was working towards the national aim of providing all essential medicines free to patients visiting government hospitals.
De-addiction top priority: Health secy
Stressing the need to curb the incidence of drug addiction in Punjab,Mahajan said,All Asha workers registered under the National Rural Health Mission,working at the village level,will be asked to motivate drug addicts to undergo treatment. Basic drug de-addiction facilities will be provided in all Punjab hospitals. A ten-bedded drug de-addiction home will also be set up in a district level hospital. Along with drug de-addiction centres in government medical colleges, said Mahajan.
Managing Director of Punjab Health Systems Corporation Raji P Srivastava gave details of the performance of the 108 ambulance service in Punjab. In less than one year these ambulances have ferried over 2 lakh patients out of which 60,000 were pregnant women who were taken for deliveries. Another 31,000 were accident victims. This service is free and will remain so, she said.
Managing Director of National Rural Health Mission S K Sharma said that a record of pregnancies in the state was being maintained with a view to keep a tab on female foeticide.
Asha workers have been asked to inform the pregnant women about the 108 service to take them to the hospitals for delivery. This also meets the purpose of encouraging institutional deliveries, he said.