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    Chennai: A notification for recruitment of at least 1,251 more doctors for primary health centres across the state will be released in a week , health minister Ma Subramanian said. An incentive of up to five marks will be given to doctors who worked in govt hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic period, he said.

    On Tuesday, the state handed appointment orders to 1,021 doctors for primary health centres in 20 health unit districts. “Handing over these appointment orders is an achievement for the department. The process was delayed for a long time due to multiple court cases,” he said. While the state has filled 2,905 posts of pharmacists, nurses, and health inspectors, all doctor appointments were made only through district health societies, he said.

    For the recruitment of 1,021 doctors, the state gave an incentive of two marks for doctors who worked for six months during the pandemic period, three marks for doctors who worked nine months, four marks for those who worked up to 18 months and five marks for those who worked for two years.

    “Yet not all doctors who worked during the pandemic period would have got the appointment. We will ensure we extend this incentive during the recruitment of 1,251 doctors next week,” he said.

    The doctors who were recruited to PHCs were posted in different districts after counselling. The minister urged doctors to continue work in these districts to work there at least for a year without request for transfer to Chennai or suburban districts. So far, 11,215 transfers have been made to their preferred destinations through transparent counselling process. However, the incentive given to doctors cannot be extended to other posts such as pharmacists.

    “We are in the process of recruiting 983 pharmacists, but they have moved the court demanding incentives for working during the pandemic period. After discussing with the directors in the health department, we have decided it will not be extended to them because they did not work directly with patients,” he said.

    • Published On Feb 7, 2024 at 04:49 PM IST

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