Govt to recruit specialist doctors in medical colleges through DNB

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 11:40:24


By Arun Kumar,

Facing acute shortage of specialists in various faculties at district hospitals and Government Medical College associated hospitals since last some years due to non-promotion of the medical officers, The Government is mulling over getting specialists seats from Diplomat National Board (DNB). Recruiting specialists in district hospitals and medical college hospitals is not an easy task. Diploma in any faculty from DNB is equalling to MD, MS. Around 1,500 posts of specialists are vacant in district hospitals while the strength of sanctioned posts of specialists is about 3,000.

The condition of medical college associated hospitals and colleges there are more than 200 posts of specialists might be required. But the Government is seeking DNB under the MCI norms. It is the reason the proposal of DNB is under discussion.

Sources said the Health Department has identified such about 12 district hospitals where there is acute shortage of specialists. Besides, information of vacant posts of specialists has also been sought from all six Government Medical Colleges. First the Government will try to fill up specialists and assistant professors’ posts from PG candidates and if it fails to get required number of such candidates, then the some seats from DNB will be sought. In this connection, the correspondence of the Health Department with DNB, Delhi officers is going on for last two months.

It is learnt that there is no seat in Madhya Pradesh from DNB so the State Government is trying to have some seats so medical officers may get DNB and fulfill the vacancies of specialists. The problem with Medical Education Department is that it is to start 7 new medical colleges in different parts of the State to which the preparations are going on but finding qualified assistant professors in large numbers is tough. Earlier, many times, the Medical Education Department had get posts of assistant professors and readers and others but it did not get candidates in sufficient numbers and the number of posts remained vacant. Dr D K Goswamy, State President, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association, said he had proposed the Government that some medical officers might got DNB by getting some seats from it. DNB is equal to MD, MS.

When contacted, Gauri Singh, Principal Secretary, Health, admitted of having shortage of specialists in district hospitals and GMCs. We have identified 10 to 12 district hospitals and medical colleges to have DNB to our medical officers but within norms of Medical Council of India (MCI). We will fill up posts of specialists soon, she said.