Specialist doctors in U’khand health dept express displeasure over disparity in salary

  • | Thursday | 21st September, 2023

Dehradun: Post-graduate doctors with the health department of Uttarakhand said theyre working under unsatisfactory conditions due to disparity in salaries. They told TOI the salary of specialists varies from Rs 90,000 to Rs 4 lakh a month under the You quote, We pay scheme where doctors quote salaries of their choice and get paid accordingly. However, doctors selected by the state commission, who also do VIP duties, postmortems and extra work of the department get less salary. This disparity needs to be corrected to retain specialists, else absence from work or resignations will continue, said a senior doctor of the health department. Incidentally, specialists of medical colleges deployed in hill districts get 50% higher salaries than doctors appointed through the state commission and this adds to the disparity, according to them. TOI has learnt that in Haridwar, doctors as young as 40 years get paid over Rs 3.7 lakh a month under the same scheme.General secretary of Provincial Medical Health Services, Dr Manoj Verma said, Experts deployed in hills should get 50% more compared to their current salaries. Specialists are recruited only after the chief medical officer raises a request. In Haridwar, the salary is higher because the district bears maximum population burden, therefore, patient load, said Dr R Rajesh Kumar, secretary, health department, Uttarakhand. Currently, Uttarakhand is grappling with a shortage of specialists. There are around 600 expert medicos as against the requirement of 1,254 in various health facilities.We also published the following articles recentlyEnsure salaries are paid immediately, says BJPDelhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva has written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, demanding immediate payment of salaries to bus marshals and Civil Defence volunteers. The volunteers, who are employed in various departments, have not received their salaries on time and are facing financial difficulties. Despite orders from the revenue minister, the salaries have not been disbursed. The Delhi government has blamed the issue on the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2023 and has called for immediate action to address the situation.Civil Defence protest over non-payment of salariesCivil Defence volunteers in Delhi staged protests demanding the release of their salaries that have been pending for four months. The volunteers, who work as marshals in various government departments, initially protested at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal but were stopped by police. They then gathered at the Delhi Secretariat and later near the residence of revenue minister Atishi. The Delhi government acknowledged the volunteers important role during the Covid-19 pandemic and recent floods, and called for their salaries to be released within a week.Over 7k medical officials deployed for health campsThe government of Jharkhand has launched free health check-up camps across 264 blocks of the state in order to improve public health. The camps offer a wide range of services including general medical check-ups, child health assessments, maternal health consultations, vaccinations, and more. Over 7,920 medical officials have been deployed for this purpose. The initiative aligns with the governments commitment to public health and safety.

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