Nearly 150 service doctors,who have completed their diploma in specialised fields,have moved the High Court against the health departments April 27 order barring them from attending the counselling for post-graduate (PG) courses until their results are published.
The government had issued the order saying that it would help retain specialist doctors in rural hospitals. The decision,however,has been opposed by various doctors associations that claimed the state government was violating the trainee reserve rule by not giving service doctors a chance to pursue PG courses.
A doctor,who works at a rural health centre in Purulia,said they were facing difficulty as without undergoing higher studies it would be difficult for them to apply in foreign universities.
Members of DYFI-backed Service Doctors Forum said the government is unnecessarily harassing the students,by not allowing them to sit for the counselling. Dr Sajal Biswas,secretary of the forum,said they have send a deputation to the principal secretary of the health department few days ago to issue a fresh order but to no avail.
According to health department figures,around 217 service doctors have opted for post-graduation courses.