Three yrs mandatory service for Goa PG students

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Health minister Vishwajit Rane recently made it mandatory for postgraduates from Goa Medical College (GMC) to provide service for three years, as per their bond, after completing their masters education.

Rane told TOI that doctors completing their MD in various specialities will be soon posted in government hospitals and health centres across Goa on a rotation basis. The idea is that people seeking medical support, and who live in different corners of the state should not have to travel to district hospitals for speciality treatment.

“The bond will be strictly implemented from now. After the bonds were invoked, some doctors have been posted at Ponda and Mapusa. The orders for postings of another 25 (doctors) will be issued soon. Once all health centres across Goa are covered, we will know the total requirement of doctors. Then we can fix a figure of our requirement. Once we arrive at this figure, we will work out a rotation system for the doctors,” Rane told.

Under this system, the doctors will have to serve in different health centres as per a pre-decided schedule during their bond period.

The rotation system is expected to bring down the burden on Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, and Hospicio in Margao. Patients will also be spared the trouble of travelling more than 30kms, at times, for speciality treatment. GMC even sees patients from as far as Canacona and Quepem seeking treatment at Bambolim.

Rane said that as the bonds were not invoked until now in Goa, the provision for the payment of the postgraduates’ salary was also not made so far in the state budget.

“In the upcoming budget the provision will also be made for those who will be completing their postgraduation. We get sufficient funds under the national health mission, which can be utilised for the purpose. They will be drawing salary from the directorate of health services,” said Rane.