Rural doctors declared “dying cadre”: The Tribune India
Chandigarh, November 24
When the state witnessed the worst outbreaks of epidemics, rural doctors (RMOs) were officially declared “dying cadres”.
The situation is such that the state government has been continuously withdrawing from rural health services for several years. To provide good health facilities to people living in rural areas, the government had handed over 1,186 dispensaries to the Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayats. But the department has not defined promotion rules for these employees, nor has it been able to fill positions that have become vacant due to the resignation of doctors. The result is that now there are only 560 doctors left in the department. Recently, the government declared RMOs as a “dying cadre”.
Sanjeev Garg, deputy director of rural development, said that after the decision, the vacant post would be transferred to the health ministry. Dr Deepinder Bhasin, president of the Rural Medical Officers’ Association, said that during Covid, the death rate in rural areas was high. “Instead of killing rural health care, the government should appoint more doctors and fill vacancies,” he said. – TNS