Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will increase the remuneration of specialist doctors to encourage them to join the civic medical services.
As per the new package, these medical practitioners will get Rs 71,679 per month as against the earlier salary of Rs 52,000. Of the 124 posts for specialist doctors, only 22 have been filled so far.
“Finding medical practitioners for civic health services was difficult due to low financial returns offered to them. The civic administration will increase their remuneration now from Rs 52,000 per month to Rs 71,679. A proposal in this regard has been tabled and approved,” Hemant Rasane, chairman of the standing committee of PMC, said.
The committee has also given green signal to appoint doctors on bond for the civic hospitals to tide over the vacancies. Once the approval for regular doctors comes from the state government, their services will be discontinued.
“Both these decisions will help in improving the civic medical services. The hospitals and medical facilities that remained unused due to manpower crunch can be utilised now,” Ramchandra Hankare, head of PMC’s health department, said.
PMC runs 49 out patient departments, 18 maternity hospitals, two mobile health centres each and one general hospital, among others.
A total of 216 health officers and resident doctors have been approved for these civic health facilities, of which 56 posts are still vacant. They will be filled with doctors who will sign the bonds. The civic administration will pay Rs 52,000 per month to these medical practitioners.-Times Of India