The doctors and para-medical staff enjoying deputation outside Himachal Pradesh will soon have to return, as the state government has decided to cancel their deputation.

Heath minister Vipin Singh Parmar in a reply to the question of BJP legislator from Ponta Sahib, Sukhram Chaudhary, during the question hour at the second session of the 13th Himachal Pradesh Assembly session on Tuesday said that this is being done in wake of the shortage of the doctors and para medical staff in the state.

Parmar in a reply to the original question of Congress legislator Rajinder Singh Rana from Sujanpur constituency, wherein he sought to know the staff strength of doctors and para medical staff informed said that as many as 3,282 posts of doctors and para-medical staff were lying vacant in the various hospitals in the state.

He disclosed that the state government was constantly endeavouring to fill the posts. Presently there is total 10,004 sanctioned staff in different categories in the Health department, out of which a backlog of 3,282 posts needs to be filled, he added.

He said that since the present government assumed power, as many as 262 doctors have been recruited so far and soon 52 dental doctors will also be
appointed.

Supplementary question of lack of doctors and para medical staff was also raised by other members of the house that include Mohan Lal Brakta, Narender Thakur, Jagat Singh Negi, Nand Lal, Balbir Verma, Lakhwinder Rana, Suresh Kashyap, Rakesh Jambwal, Vikram Jaryal, Vinod Kumar and Rakesh Pathania in their respective constituencies of the state.

Parmar said, “The shortage of doctors and para medical staff was not all of a sudden and has been there for quite some time. The state government was filling the vacant posts and efforts will continue.”