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UP hires 749 doctors; to add 800 PG medical seats

Uttar Pradesh (UP) has recruited 749 doctors to overcome the shortage of general physicians and specialists in government hospitals, Hindustantimes.com reported.

Citing a senior health department official, the report said that these doctors will work at different government hospitals as per the need and vacancies.

Presently, the Uttar Pradesh state has more than 6,000 vacant positions of doctors at hospitals and health facilities in different districts.

Around 4,322 MBBS and 767 specialist doctors were interviewed for the jobs.

The selected doctors were asked to join duties at the concerned health facilities within a week, according to the report.

“The postings of these doctors were planned on the basis of patient load at health facilities. Priority in posting was given to hospitals with less number of doctors,” the report quoted Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, principal secretary (medical health) as saying.

“Among the selected doctors, 84 were orthopedic surgeons who will also help run trauma centers being set up across the state. There were 55 general surgeons, 59 gynecologists, 32 pediatricians, 26 pathologists, 17 ophthalmologists, 22 ENT specialists, 16 physicians, four dermatologists, one neuro-surgeon, two plastic surgeons, seven anesthetists, one skin specialist, and one radiotherapy specialist,” the Hindustantimes.com report said.

According to the Uttar Pradesh health department, MBBS doctors and specialists in Grade A districts will be paid around ₹50,000 and ₹80,000, respectively. While MBBS doctors posted in Grade B cities will be paid ₹55,000 and those taking up jobs in Grade C cities will get ₹60,000.

Specialists in Grade B cities will be paid ₹90,000 and in Grade C cities will get ₹120,000.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh is adding more than 800 postgraduate medical seats from the 2024 academic session.

This initiative will primarily concentrate on enhancing the capabilities of institutions such as King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow, Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (GSVM) Medical College in Kanpur, as well as medical colleges in outlying districts.

“After giving a push to a healthcare facility, Uttar Pradesh now plans its biggest ever leap in higher medical education by adding over 800 PG medical seats across government medical institutions in the state from 2024 session onwards,” UP government posted on X.

After giving a push to healthcare facilities, Uttar Pradesh now plans its biggest-ever leap in higher medical education by adding over 800 PG medical seats across government medical institutions in the state from the 2024 session onwards.

To ensure approval from the National Medical Council (NMC), the Department of Medical Education has compiled a list of potential seat additions for each of the 35 medical institutions, along with addressing the deficiencies identified by the institution principals and heads. Up until 2015, the state had 933 postgraduate medical seats, and since then, over 450 seats have been incrementally added, bringing the total to over 1400. Furthermore, more seats have been consistently added each year, resulting in the current count of over 1700 seats across various specialties.

In addition to the 763 seats already proposed by the state government, efforts are underway to add another 150 seats. The Medical Education Department aims to augment specialized care for patients in medical colleges located in peripheral districts. Consequently, the proposal includes allocating seats in autonomous state medical colleges (ASMCs) that have been established within the last five years.
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