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Remuneration of specialist doctors hiked

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PNS|Vijayawada

Dr Vinod Kumar, Commissioner AP Vaidya Vidhana Parishad (APVVP), here on Sunday said that to attract specialist doctors to tribal and rural pockets, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced a remuneration Rs. 2,00,000 per month in rural areas and Rs. 2,50,000 per month in tribal areas. Significant response has been received and some specialists opted for areas like CHC Chintoor, CHC Kunavaram, District Hospital Paderu etc. he added.

The APVVP Commissioner said that as of June 2019, more than 1,250 posts of specialist doctors were lying vacant in APVVP Hospitals alone, which included 463 promotional posts and 792 direct entry posts of CAS Specialist. But due to the uncompromised stand of the CM Jagan to fill up all the vacant posts in government hospitals, so far eight notifications were issued in a phased manner for filling up of specialist posts to reach the goal of zero vacancies in APVVP Hospitals. So far, 277 gynecologists, 234 anesthetists, 146 pediatricians, 144 physicians, 168 general surgeons, 55 orthopedicians, 78 ophthalmologists, 65 ENT specialists and 145 other specialists were issued with appointment orders in the last eight notifications.

Dr Vinod Kumar revealed that apart from direct recruitment of CAS-specialists, 215 specialist doctors were placed in APVVP Hospitals by way of promotion. With these efforts, the vacant posts of CAS specialists were brought down to approximately 300 as on December 10 and this is the substantial evidence towards the interest of the specialist doctors to opt for government service. He explained the creation of 411 CAS-General posts in APVVP Hospitals to facilitate the specialist doctors to work exclusively in the respective department.

He said that the walk-in recruitment method was chosen after conducting seven rounds of recruitment in which applications were invited through online mode and an average of three months was taken to complete the process for each notification. He stated that in order to reduce the delay and waiting period by the specialist doctors, walk-in recruitment method was preferred, wherein scrutiny of applications was done in presence of the candidate and selections were announced on the same day. He added that the reason for not filling up of all vacancies notified in walk-in-recruitment was rule of reservation and non-availability of suitable candidates in those reserved categories.

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