Health minister KR Ramesh said that the government is now training in-house MBBS doctors, who can take up sepcialisation diploma courses and later be posted at taluk-level hospitals

Karnataka doctors refuse to work at taluk-level hospitals despite Rs 125 lakh salary
news Public Health Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 09:07

Karnataka state health minister KR Ramesh on Monday, while replying to the opposition’s questions in the legislative council, admitted that specialized doctors, despite being offered Rs 1.25 lakh as salary, are not ready to work for taluk-level hospitals, the Times of India reported.

“We offered Rs 1 lakh per month to doctors, and an additional Rs 25,000 for specialists who can work in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. But what can a minister do if there are no takers?” asked Ramesh.

The minister also said that the government is in the process of training in-house MBBS doctors, who can take up diploma courses for specialization and later be posted at taluk-level hospitals, while keeping track of hundreds of doctors who pass out of 53 medical colleges in the states, the report said.

He assured that 146 taluk-level hospitals will have two dialysis units each by January 1, 2017. Currently, only 34 taluk-level hospitals have dialysis units, out of which 19 are not functional, TOI reported.  Ramesh said that government hospitals would charge only Rs. 150 per cycle for dialysis and there will be no distinction based on caste or income groups.

The health minister said that the government has invited tenders for dialysis units which includes a nephrologist, nurses and lab technicians and also for setting up of reverse osmosis units for those who bid for the package tender. The government will pay these contractors a certain amount on a case by case basis. However, Ramesh said that there is no possibility of tying up with private hospitals in this regard.



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