6000 new doctors to be appointed by government
KARACHI: (APP) Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approving the summary for appointment of 6000 doctors who have passed written test of Sindh Public Service Commission has directed the health department to issue them offer letters.
This he said while presiding over a meeting on Health Department to review policies and its development portfolio at New Sindh Secretariat, said a statement on Thursday.
Those who attended the meeting include Health Minister Manzoor Wassan, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Chairman Planning & Development Board M. Waseem, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and other concerned officers.
Dr.Mendhro briefing the CM Sindh said that there were 8128 sanctioned posts of grade B-17 medical officers, including 6765 male and 1363 female in Sindh against which 4243 doctors were working.
This shows that 3885 positions of doctors, including 3329 male and 556 female are vacant, he said and went on saying that out of 3885 position 377 were filled on contract basis in 2014.
Secretary Health Dr Fazal Pechuho said that there were 3508 position of medical officers were vacant and 3175 more have been created. This over all 6683 positions of medical officers are vacant all over Sindh.
The CM Sindh directed Secretary Health to issue offer letter to all those medical officers who have qualified SPSC written test.
The Secretary said that he has sent him summary for the purpose. The CM Sindh called the summary and signed it and directed health department to work out detailed posting plan for the new doctors and issue them offer letters.
"I want you (health department) not to sleep for few nights and prepare posting plan of the new medical officers," he said.
The CM Sindh also directed health department to regularize the services of 377 doctors who were appointed on contract basis in 2014.
He said that the new medical officers being appointed must be posted in rural areas where their services are required.
No newly appointed doctors would be transferred or given leave for higher education at least for one year, he advised.
He also expressed his displeasure that despite his clear instructions and announcement on the floor of the house to appoint 6000 medical officers unnecessary delay has been caused.
Taking another policy decision, the CM Sindh said that onward along with the scheme of school or hospital provisional SNE would be approved. "This is the only way to make schools and hospitals functional," he said.
He also reviewed the development portfolio of Health department. Chairman Planning and development M. Waseem said that there is a Rs14 billion development portfolio of health department which include Rs 9368.75 million 89 on-going and Rs 4631.250 million 57 new schemes.
He said that the government has released Rs 6480.526 million against the allocation of Rs 14 billion against which the health department has utilized only Rs 2268.678 million. On this the CM Sindh directed Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho to get all his schemes completed in time.
"I know you have been posted in health department recently, therefore take up all the matters of development and get it done," he said and added "the government has increased the budget of health department tremendously, therefore its benefits must tricle down to the poor people of Sindh," he concluded.