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Government’s Blow: Doctors who fail to lend their services in hilly areas will not be given salary

One of the major reasons why the hilly areas are deprived of medical attention is that the new age doctors don’t want to traverse on the hilly terrains, thereby giving lame excuses to have a narrow escape from lending their services in the mountains. But now such doctors will have to prepare themselves both mentally and physically as this time the government has taken strict measures so the people of hilly areas receive better health care. For which the Health Department has decided to hold the salaries of such practitioners who fail to join the area of transfer.

Government's Blow: Doctors who fail to lend their services in hilly areas will not be given salary

Src: Poor Medical Facilities in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand often lead to untimely death

The administration has decided that now the doctors will receive their salary from the district where they have been posted. And those above the age of 55 are free from this decision and they will be posted at the place of their choice. Also, the benefits of Dynamic Assured Career Progression scheme will only be applicable if the doctors lend their services to the hilly areas. To meet the need of medical facilities in the hilly areas, a proposal has been sent to the Medical Service Selection Board for hiring new 700 allopathic doctors.

Only U card holders and those coming under the PM National Health Insurance Scheme will be treated for free in Government Hospitals

To build a robust health care system in the state, now the Uttarakhand government has decided that in the coming years only U health card holders, Government employees and those coming under the Prime Minister National Health Insurance Scheme cover will be liable for free medical treatments in the Government hospitals. While those who do not fall under this category have to pay the fees for seeking medical help.

Government's Blow: Doctors who fail to lend their services in hilly areas will not be given salary

Src: Scenario of Government hospitals

This step has been taken by the government to lessen the burden from the government hospitals that are packed with patients coming from different states. Due to which many patients are devoid of proper medical attention. According to the government statistics, more than 80% in the state fall under the Prime Minister National Health Insurance Scheme. Other 10% are U card holders and the rest 10% either belong to the elite group or are liable for the filing of income tax return.

Src: Amar Ujala

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