PGRs ro­ta­tion to DHQ hos­pi­tals faces doc­tors’ ap­a­thy

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - MUHAM­MAD SULE­MAN

LA­HORE—Young Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (YDA) and Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons Pak­istan (CPSP) putting some re­sis­tance to im­ple­ment ro­ta­tion of Post­grad­u­ate Res­i­dents (PGRs) from teach­ing in­sti­tu­tions to district head­quar­ters hos­pi­tals (DHQs). This pro­gramme was un­der pres­sure prior to its be­gin­ning and vir­tu­ally on verge of clo­sure as there are a few bot­tle­necks in im­ple­men­ta­tion of this pro­gram. Spe­cial­ized Health­care & Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment (SHC&ME) is plan­ning to change the na­ture of pro­gram from vol­un­tary to com­pul­sory.

A well in­formed source said that, health depart­ment and the Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons Pak­istan (CPSP) have signed an agree­ment to send 3rd and 4th PGRs from teach­ing hos­pi­tals to the (DHQs) for three month on a ro­ta­tion ba­sis. This was ini­tia­tive to en­sur­ing qual­ity health­care and con­sul­ta­tive ser­vices of spe­cial­ist doc­tors to the peo­ple of re­mote districts were the pur­pose of this pro­gram. He said, this has been taken as a pi­lot project with a view to fill the va­cant posts in small-scale hos­pi­tals with qual­i­fied medics as the young doc­tors have been avoid­ing to serve there.

The Pun­jab govern­ment has an­nounced a va­ri­ety of in­cen­tives for the PGs for serv­ing at DHQ hos­pi­tals. “Un­der the agree­ment, the ro­ta­tional duty at the DHQ hos­pi­tals will be op­tional and the three-month pe­riod will be con­sid­ered as part of their train­ing, the Pun­jab govern­ment had of­fered Rs25, 000 monthly stipends, with free ac­com­mo­da­tion and se­cu­rity to those opt­ing for the scheme.

He de­plored, that just few PGRs have showed their in­ter­est in this pro­gram, most medics are re­luc­tant to join at these hos­pi­tals due to short­age of ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties and it seems that health depart­ment ini­ti­ated this process with­out any proper plan­ning.

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