BHOPAL, 19 JUNE: Doctors willing to work on a contractual basis in government health institutions located across remote and rural areas in Madhya Pradesh can now look forward to earn up to Rs 1.25 lakh per month.
The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) will appoint doctors to serve on a contractual basis in difficult and very difficult areas. Doctors appointed for difficult areas will get Rs 1 lakh per month while those appointed in very difficult area category health institutions will be paid Rs 1.25 lakh monthly salary. NRHM national mission director Ms Anuradha Gupta gave her consent to the proposal during her visit to Bhopal on Tuesday.
She said that many posts of doctors were vacant for years in several Community Health Centres (CHC) and Primary Health Centres (PHC) located in remote areas in Madhya Pradesh.
Doctors were unwilling to work there due to poor salaries and lack of infrastructure.
According to a Central government report last year, Madhya Pradesh had the highest number of PHCs and CHCs in the rural areas without doctors, in the country. At present, there are more than 350 CHCs and PHCs without a doctor.
The state government is facing a shortage of more than 4000 doctors and other health staff in government hospitals and health institutions.
In an attempt to address that problem, the NRHM has decided to pay hefty salaries to attract doctors to work in such health institutions. The state government has been asked to prepare a list of health institutions located in remote areas. On the basis of that list, such health centres will be divided into two categories of difficult and very difficult area.
Subsequently, doctors will be appointed there and paid Rs one lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh monthly salary respectively.
According to a union government report last year, MP had the highest number of PHCs and CHCs in rural areas without doctors, in the country. Presently, there are more than 350 CHCs and PHCs without a doctor. The state government is facing a shortage of doctors.
– NRHM to appoint doctors on contract in rural areas in MP
– Doctors appointed for difficult areas will get Rs 1 lakh per month
– Doctors serving in very difficult areas will be paid Rs 1.25 lakh
– Doctors shy away from working in rural areas due to poor salaries and lack of infrastructure
– MP has the highest number of govt-run health centres in rural areas without doctors