Faced with a shortage in state-run hospitals, the West Bengal government today raised the retirement age of medical teachers from 62 to 65 years and doctors from 60 to 62 years.
"The decision has been taken in a cabinet meeting to meet the growing need of senior medical professionals, when the number of medical colleges and multi-super-speciality hospitals are increasing in the state," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters.
Eight new medical college hospitals have been sanctioned already.
While five of the new hospitals at government initiative were coming up at Coochbehar, Diamond Harbour, Rampurhat, Purulia and Raiganj, the remaining three were being set up in PPP model at Bhangar, Dhubulia and Coochbehar, Banerjee said.
Besides, 40 multi-super-speciality hospitals would also come up soon with tenders already been opened, Banerjee said.
With the completion of these hospitals, the state would get more ICCU, ITU and CCU accommodation, she said.
The total number of beds has already been increased to over 10,000 and total number of seats in MBBS course from 1,300 to 1,700.
With the development of medical infrastructure in the state, the chief minister said that a new generation of medical professionals would also get opportunity to improve their career prospects.
>>>> Nothing will change unless the new government opens up medical education to the common man, and increases numbers of doctors exponentially.
If there is so much of shortage of doctors in this country to need exponential increase in number of docs, how come we never get to hear 'walk-in' interviews for them?
There are more doctors available now than there are jobs! Actually there is a glut in the market for doctors. Dentists are even more worse off. Most junior doctors struggle to make a decent living. Even the 12-13 academic years university educated DM, MCh qualified lead a hard life to mak a career out of practice, for there are hardly any professionally and financially satisfying jobs in govt service.In this country, there isn't single good career that a budding doctor could covet which promises him excellent professional environment and reasonable income commensurate with his education and the responsibility entrusted to him/her.If rural services are unattractive, the conditions one is expected to work remain abysmal and therefore there few takers. Rural services can improve only with adequate para medical manpower, infra structure and attractive salaries. Govts just do not want to loosen their purses but put the blame squarely at the doorsteps of doctors as if only doctors have responsibility for the health of rural folks.
Any exponential increase of doctors will spell death knell to the cause of health care. How do you maintain quality? Poor material make poor doctors. All adavnced countries mantain rigorous quality control of medical education bcz it deals directly with life. Meidicine needs committed and highly intelligent candidates willing to put in hard work at odd hours not money minded guys wanting to make quick buck out of desperate and sick.Know that it is easy to confuse a patient and make money.Doctors are respected bcz they are expected to strictly follow self imposed code of conduct and not exploit the needy for money. That will go with poor material.
Most doctors children now a days are taking professions other than their parents' precisely bcz they feel that with the kind of effort one needs to put in medical education and care of the sick, one can make more money in any other profession with much less involvement. The present self sufficiency in medicare owes much to the best brains that took to medicine in the sixties and seventies. This will be history soon with the retirement of this generation. The disqualification of more Indian trained doctors abroad is the indication of that down hill course we are in now.
These are just stop gap measures.
Nothing will change unless the new government opens up medical education to the common man, and increases numbers of doctors exponentially.