Civic body plans recruitment incentive to get docs serve in smaller hospitals
The BMC plans to modify the recruitment rules for employing lecturers, professors and other employees in its medical colleges by including an additional incentive for doctors who serve in peripheral hospitals.
The civic body has three hospitals — KEM in Parel, Nair Hospital in Parel and Sion Hospital — that offer medical courses.
“We have noticed a reluctance on the part of doctors to come and work in smaller hospitals to complete their service term as specified in the bond. Usually, they prefer to work only in the three major civic hospitals that offer medical courses,” a civic official said.
Besides these 16 peripheral hospitals, there are five super specialty hospitals, 26 maternity homes and 168 primary health posts governed by the BMC.
The doctors who opt to serve their bond period in these hospitals would also be incentivised in the same manner.
“These hospitals are perennially shortstaffed; even frequent advertising for medical professionals had not yielded any positive results,” the official said.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said, “It was a major challenge to get super-speciality doctors for peripheral hospitals. This move will ensure that peripheral hospitals are well-staffed with good doctors. Also, it will be an added incentive for those who opt to work in peripheral
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