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Friday, January 30, 2009

Modalities for health insurance scheme under discussion

Modalities for health insurance scheme under discussion
R.K. Radhakrishnan

Work to be put on hold if polls are announced
Major task is to identify beneficiaries

CHENNAI: A day after the government announced its decision to extend health insurance cover to the poor, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi convened a meeting of officials to discuss the modalities of implementation of the project.
Emerging from the discussions, he said he had preliminary discussions on the scheme with Finance Secretary K. Gnanadesikan on the method to identify the beneficiaries, financing, floating of tenders and the chronic diseases that needed to be included under the scheme.
“It will take about three to four months for the scheme to be operational,” Mr. Karunanidhi told The Hindu. Since a notification for the general election was expected in between, the government would not be able commence the work on the project. “We will suspend work on the project once the code of conduct comes into force and will recommence after the elections,” he said.
In the discussions, Mr. Karunanidhi felt that beneficiary identification was critical to the scheme and hence the first major task would be identifying them. It was suggested that the government take the database of the Agricultural Welfare Board, which has a list of about 75 lakh members and this could be the start. The government decided to verify the database and involve the district administration in the process of identification of beneficiaries.
While this was on, tenders would be called for from insurance companies to operationalise the scheme and shortlist private hospitals. “Once tenders are called for, we need to give at least 30 days. Within that time period, it is possible that elections are announced. Then, the process will be kept in abeyance till such time the election processes is completed,” an official said.
For now, the thinking in the government is to include only serious ailments for which government sector hospitals in district towns are not able to cater. “We spend about Rs.3,000 crore a year on government hospitals. If we include all diseases, then this investment will go waste,” an official said. With only major diseases included, the government expects the insurance premium to be in the region of Rs.300 crore.
On the question of selecting a firm from among the public sector players in the field, Mr. Karunanidhi said the company was to be chosen after bidding and all procedures under the Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders Act would be followed. Also, the firms would have to be approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
“We will not be able to prefer a private sector firm or public sector firm in this,” the Chief Minister said.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Maharashtra Doctors get a legal shield against attacks

Doctors have finally got protection from the frequent attacks they face. The laws have been made stricter across the state: such attacks will now constitute a non-bailable offence, with the offender facing up to three years in jail.

The state cabinet approved the draft of an ordinance with a strict set of penalties on Wednesday, marking the culmination of a long struggle by doctors.

Among the penalties in the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2008, is a Rs 50,000 fine on anyone who attacks a doctor or a hospital employee. What should dissuade vandalism of hospital property is a provision that anyone causing such damage would be fined twice the value of the property that he or she has destroyed.

Doctors said the need for such laws was deeply felt. Only on Tuesday night, Sassoon General Hospital was attacked by relatives and friends of a boy who died.

“Doctors were fed up of the attacks. Time and again we had approached the authorities including Home Minister R R Patil. Now, after a struggle of two years, the cabinet has finally passed the ordinance,” said Dr D K Shirole, president of the state unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The IMA’s city unit president, Dr Avinash Bhondwe, too was delighted. He credited their October 10 token strike for spurring the state government into action.

Doctors had intensified their agitation citing several instances where hospital property was destroyed and staff humiliated, at places such as Malad, Amravati, Beed and Chandrapur.

The doctors’ cell of the Nationalist Congress Party agreed that the strike had worked in their favour. “Doctors had been seething and their resentment showed when they went on a flash strike on October 10.

The government had to take action,” said Dr Dilip Ghule, chief of the cell. He mentioned attacks on doctors at several places, such as Mumbai, Beed, Akola, Amravati, Nashik and Latur.

The ambit of the ordinance runs across medical units and staff. It will benefit not only doctors but also nursing staff, interns, medical and nursing students and clerical staff; not only registered hospitals but also private ones and clinics, besides units runs by government local bodies like municipal corporations, zilla parishads and panchayat samitis.

The government-run Sassoon Hospital has engaged 100 security personnel after Tuesday’s attack. They will start functioning with a week, said Dr Nirmala Borade, acting dean of BJ Medical College. Pune Zilha Suraksha Sangh will provide the personnel.

As of now, Sassoon, frequently the target of attacks, has only 21 Class IV employees as watchmen

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Government Letter Permitting Contract Medical Officers and Contract Medical Consultants

Government Letter Permitting Contract Medical Officers and Contract Medical Consultants

Campus Doctor at SSN College of Engineering

SSN  College is looking for campus doctor.

Nature of Job:   Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Qualifications: M.B.B.S., M.D (preferably general medicine, Psychology)
Job Responsibilities:
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- Should remain  in the campus from 8am to 3.40pm
-  Should take the responsibility of maintaining dispensary/clinic
- Has to attend the emergency in case any
- Should visit the Boys/Girls hostels periodically to take care of inmates health.
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Kindly forward this to all and request them to send their CV directly to me
Thanks and Rgds
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

மருத்துவர்கள் அரசு பணியில் சேர கலந்தாய்வு

செய்தி வெளியீடு எண்.58 நாள்.27.1.2009

மக்கள் நல்வாழ்வு மற்றும் குடும்ப நலத்துறை
பத்திரிக்கை செய்தி

தமிழ் நாட்டில் ஆரம்ப சுகாதார நிலையங்கள் மற்றும் அரசு மருத்துவமனைகளில் உள்ள மருத்துவ அலுவலர் காலிப் பணியிடங்கள் உடனுக்குடன் நிரப்பப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.

மருத்துவர்களை தற்காலிக அடிப்படையில் நியமனம் செய்ய 15-10-2008 முதல் 20-10-2008 வரையிலும் 26-11-2008 முதல் 28-11-2008 வரையிலும் 22-12-2008 மற்றும் 23-12-2008 தேதிகளில் கலந்தாய்வு நடைபெற்று 853 மருத்துவர்கள் நியமனம்
செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளனர். தற்போதுள்ள மருத்துவ அலுவலர் காலிப்பணியிடங்களை நிரப்பும் பொருட்டு வேலைவாய்ப்பு அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து பெயர்பட்டியல் பெறப்பட்டுள்ளது.

பெயர் பட்டியலில் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு ஜனவரி 29, 30 மற்றும் 31 ஆகிய தேதிகளில் சென்னை எழும்பூர், பாந்தியன் சாலையில் உள்ள குடும்ப நல பயிற்சி மையத்தில் நேர்காணல் / கலந்தாய்வு நடத்தப்பட உள்ளது. கலந்தாய்வில் பங்கு கொள்ள அழைப்புக் கடிதம் அனுப்பப்பட்டவர்கள் குறித்த விவரங்கள் என்ற இணையதளத்தில் பார்த்துத்தெரிந்து நேர்காணலில் கலந்து கொள்ளுமாறு கேட்டுக்கொள்ளப்படுகிறார்கள்.

எம். ஆர்.கே. பன்னீர் செல்வம்
அமைச்சர் (மக்கள் நல்வாழ்வு)
வெளியீடு: இயக்குநர், செய்ய்ய்ய்தி மக்கள் தொடர்புத் துறை, சென்னை-9

Monday, January 26, 2009

Doctors stage demonstration in Salem

Doctors stage demonstration in Salem
Special Correspondent
They were seeking arrest of those responsible for the attack on December 21
Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan 

Raising voice: Members of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association staging a demonstration in Salem on Saturday in support of their demands. —
SALEM: Doctors and paramedical staff, working in Government Medical College Hospital here and primary health centres (PHC) in Salem district, boycotted out-patient treatment for two hours in the morning on Saturday demanding the arrest of those who attacked doctors and paramedical staff following the rumour-triggered violence during the first phase of pulse polio campaign on December 21.
They also staged a demonstration. The doctors demanded the arrest of those who were responsible for spreading rumours about pulse polio drops and those who manhandled the doctors on duty.
They also insisted on the arrest of anti-socials who assaulted the pharmacist in the Kannankurichi PHC and a doctor at K.R. Thoppur PHC on the same day.
They wanted the police to act on the complaint filed by the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital against those who caused damage in the hospital and manhandled the doctors on duty then.
These anti-socials, they pointed out, should be booked under the Hospital Protection Act immediately.
Members of the Salem branch of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association, who organised the stir, demanded police protection to the doctors and other paramedical staff on duty in such extraordinary circumstances.
They claimed that a few persons owing allegiance to a particular political party had threatened the medical staff on duty on December 21 when anxious parents carrying their children, who were administered polio drops, thronged the hospitals in the district following rumours that a child died in the neighbouring Erode district.
The doctors also threatened to boycott the second phase of the pulse polio campaign in the district if they were not given proper protection.
The members of the Salem unit of the Tamil Nadu Village Health Nurses Association also staged a demonstration in the city demanding the arrest of those who spread rumours about pulse polio drops and also indulged in violence on December 21.
Meanwhile, Salem city police arrested one person for manhandling a pharmacist at the Kannankurichi PHC.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

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Friday, January 23, 2009

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jail term if you assault docs in Karnataka Too

Belgaum: Coming to the rescue of doctors and hospitals which face the ire of kin of patients when something goes wrong during medical treatment, the state government has come up with a security cover for them.

The legislation titled the Karnataka Prohibition of Violence Against Medicare Service Personnel and Damage to Property in Medicare Services Institution Bill, 2009, was tabled in the assembly on Wednesday.

The legislation empowers the law to imprison the offenders for three years.

This was necessitated following increase in attacks on doctors and medical staff. The medical professionals association recently protested demanding that the government ensure protection to them through stringent law.

Referring to the attack on hospitals due to the scare created by rumour mongers on death of children after polio drops were administered, health minister B Sriramulu said: "Government want to create an atmosphere where doctors can perform their duties sincerely. As it is the government's duty to protect the hospital property and the medicare staff, a Bill has been prepared. Severe action will be taken against the persons indulging in attack on the doctors,'' he said.

Karnataka is the fifth state after Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana to come out with a law exclusively to deal with such violence.

Following are the provisions of the Bill:

* Medicare services: Registered medical practioners, nurses, medical and nursing students and para medical workers.

* Offender: Any person who either by himself or as a member or as a leader or of a group or organization commits or attempts to commit or abet or incite violence.

* Penalty: Imprisonment for a period of three years with fine which may extend to Rs 50,000. It will be a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

* Recovery of loss for damage caused to property: In addition to punishment, offender should also pay a penalty twice the amount of purchase price of medical equipment damaged and loss caused to property as determined by court. If offender does not pay penal amount, it will be recovered as land arrears.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Qualitative Analytics for Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Payment of Interim Arrear pending implementation of the revised

Government of Tamil Nadu
G.O. Ms. No. 10, DATED: 13th JANUARY, 2009
( Margazhi--29, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2039)
Interim Arrears -- Payment of Interim Arrear pending implementation of the revised
scales of pay to employees on the recommendations of the Official Committee –
Orders – Issued.
1. G.O.Ms.No.358, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 20—8—2008.
2. G.O.Ms.No.496, Finance (Pay Cell) Department, dated: 17--11--2008.
- - - - -
In the Government order first read above, orders were issued constituting an
Official Committee to examine and make necessary recommendations for the
implementation of the revision of scales of pay and allowances of State Government
Employees, Teachers including employees of Local Bodies based on the decisions
of the Central Government on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay
Commission. The Committee was also requested to make necessary
recommendations regarding revision of Pension / Family Pension, Retirement
Benefits etc. and submit its report to Government within three months. Subsequently
in the Government Order second read above the tenure of the Committee has been
extended for a further period of three months beyond 19—11—2008.
2) Considering further time required for submission of final report, the Official
Committee has recommended payment of Interim Arrears.
3) The Government has carefully examined the above recommendation of the
Official Committee and decided to accept it. Accordingly, Government direct that an
Interim Arrear amount be sanctioned to the employees / teachers on regular time
scales of pay including employees of Local Bodies, employees on Special time
scales of pay / Non-standard time scales of pay, Consolidated Pay / Fixed Pay /
Honorarium pending issue of final orders of the Government based on the
recommendations of the Official Committee to be made as given below:
i) All employees who have put in atleast two years of service in regular time
scale of pay or Special time scale of pay /Non-standard scale of pay or
Consolidated Pay / Fixed Pay / Honorarium or a combination of all as on
1—1—2009 shall be granted three months Pay + Dearness Pay + Dearness
Allowance and Personal Pay (if any) as on 1—1—2009;
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ii) In respect of all employees who have put in less than two years of service as
on 1—1—2009, Interim Arrear of one month Pay + Dearness Pay + Dearness
Allowance + Personal Pay (if any) as on 1—1—2009 shall be paid.
iii) In respect of employees on Consolidated Pay / Fixed Pay / Honorarium as
on 1—1—2009, who have put in atleast two years of service they shall be
granted three months total emoluments as on 1—1—2009.
iv) Employees on Consolidated Pay / Fixed Pay / Honorarium who have put in
less than two years of service shall be paid Interim Arrear equal to one month
total emoluments as on 1—1—2009.
4) In respect of employees governed by University Grants Commission / All
India Council of Technical Education scales of pay, their pay scales have also been
revised by the Government of India. In respect of the Judicial Officers of
Subordinate Judiciary their pay scales will also be revised as and when Government
of India issues orders in this regard. Hence, Government also directs that the Interim
Arrear amount sanctioned in para—3 (i) and (ii) above shall also be applicable to the
employees governed by University Grants Commission / All India Council of
Technical Education scales of pay / Judicial Officers of Subordinate Judiciary.
5) These orders shall also apply to employees and teachers in Aided
Educational Institutions.
6) The Interim Arrear amount sanctioned in para—3 above shall be adjusted
against the arrears to be paid later on the basis of the Government Orders based on
the recommendations to be made by the Official Committee.
7) The expenditure sanctioned in para—3 above shall be debited to ‘01. Pay’
under ‘01. Salaries’ or under ‘2. Wages’ as the case may be under the relevant
Minor, Sub-Major and Major head of accounts.
8) Necessary funds will be provided in RE / FMA 2008—09. Pending
provision of additional funds in RE/FMA 2008—09 under the relevant heads and
inclusion of the expenditure in the Final Supplementary Estimate 2008—09, the
Heads of Department concerned are permitted to incur the above expenditure. All
Departments of Secretariat / Heads of Department are requested to include this
expenditure while sending proposals for RE / FMA 2008—09.
9) The Government also direct that the Interim Arrear amount sanctioned
above shall be drawn and disbursed to the employees immediately before the
payment of salary for the month of January, 2009. The Pay and Accounts Officers /
Treasury Officers / Sub-Treasury Officers shall admit the Interim Arrear claim made
by the Drawing Officers if otherwise, found to be in order without insisting for the
presentation of salary bills for the month of January, 2009.
./ 3 /
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10) The Government also direct that the Drawing and Disbursing Officers
shall be responsible to draw and disburse the Interim Arrear amount to the
employees concerned immediately. The Drawing and Disbursing Officers shall open
a separate register for making necessary entries of the Interim Arrear amount paid to
individual employees and such amount paid shall also be entered in the Service
Books of the employees concerned.
All Secretaries to Government.
The Secretary, Legislative Assembly, Secretariat, Chennai-600 009.
The Secretary to the Governor, Chennai--32.
The Comptroller, Governors Household, Raj Bhavan, Chennai-32.
The Secretary to the Governor, Chennai--32.
The Governor's Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Guindy, Chennai- 600 032.
All Departments of Secretariat(OP / Bills).
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சிக்-குன் குனியா : ரத்த மாதிரிகள் சேகரிப்பு

சத்திரப்பட்டி : விருதுநகர் மாவட்டம் ராஜபாளையம் அருகே வேலாயுதபுரத்தில் காய்ச்சலால் பாதிக்கப்பட் டவர்களை பரிசோதனை செய்த டாக்டர்கள், சிக்-குன் குனியா நோய் அறிகுறிகள் காணப்படுவதாக தெரிவித்தனர். உறுதி செய்ய ரத்த மாதிரிகள் ஆய்வுக்கு எடுத்துச்செல்லப்பட்டுள்ளது. வேலாயுதபுரத்தில் கடந்த இரண்டு வாரத்திற்கு மேலாக பலர் காய்ச்சலால் பாதிக்கப் பட்டு தனியார் ஆஸ்பத்திரிகளில் சிகிச்சை பெற்று வருகின்றனர். இவர்களுக்கு கை, கால் மூட்டுகளில் வலி, வீக்கம், விட்டுக் விட்டுக் காய்ச்சல் இருந்தது. இது தொடர்பாக நேற்று "தினமலரில்' செய்தி வெளியானது.

ஆய்வு: அதை தொடர்ந்து சிவகாசி சுகாதார பணிகள் துணை இயக்குனர் பாலசுப்பிரமணியம், டாக்டர்கள் அனந்தகுமார், பூங் கொடி, சுகாதார ஆய்வாளர்கள், செவிலியர்கள் உள்ளிட்ட குழுவினர் நேற்று காலை வேலாயுதபுரத்தில் தீவிர ஆய்வுப் பணிகளை மேற்கொண்டனர். வீடு வீடாக சென்ற செவிலியர்கள், காய்ச்சலால் பாதிக்கப் பட்டவர்கள், கை, கால் வலி காரணமாக நடக்க முடியாதவர்கள் குறித்து கணக்கெடுத்தனர். இவர்களுக்கு சிகிச்சை அளிப்பதற்காக தற்காலிகமாக அங்குள்ள துவக்கப்பள்ளி சத்துணவு மையத்தில் வசதிகள் செய்யப்பட்டன. டாக்டர் பூங்கொடி தலைமையிலான குழுவினர் நோயாளிகளை பரிசோதித்து ஊசி மருந்து அளித்து வருகின்றனர்.

ரத்த மாதிரிகள்: சிக்-குன் குனியாவை உறுதிப்படுத்துவதற்காக கஸ்தூரி(50), பெத்தம்மாள்(70), வெள்ளைச்சாமி(59) ஆகியோரது ரத்த மாதிரிகள் மதுரை மருத்துவக் கல்லூரி ஆய்வு மையத்திற்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளது. சிக்-குன் குனியாவை பரப்பும் "ஏடிஎஸ்' கொசுக்கள் இப்பகுதியில் உள்ளதா என்பதை கண்டறிய பூச்சியியல் துறை குழுவினர் இங்கு வர உள்ளனர்.
துணை இயக்குனர் பாலசுப்பிரமணியம் கூறுகையில், ""அறிகுறிகளை பார்க்கும் போது சிக்-குன் குனியாவாக இருக்கலாம் எனத் தெரிகிறது. எனினும் மருத்துவ கல்லூரி அறிக்கைக்கு பின் தான் உறுதியாக கூற முடியும். இப்பகுதியில் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு காய்ச்சல் முற்றிலுமாக நீங்கும் வரை சிகிச்சை அளிப்பதற்காக மருத்துவக் குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது'' என்றார்.
சுகாதார நடவடிக்கை: "ஏடிஎஸ்' கொசுக்கள் காலை 6 மணியிலிருந்து பகலில் மட்டுமே மனிதர்களை கடிக்கும். கொசு உற்பத்தியை தடுக்க மக்களிடையே போதிய விழிப்புணர்வை ஏற்படுத்தும் பணியில் சுகாதாரத்து துறையினர் ஈடுபட்டு வருகின்றனர். வீடுகளை சுற்றியும், உடைந்த காலி டப்பாக்களிலும் தண்ணீரை தேங்கவிடாமல் செய்தும், தண்ணீர் பாத்திரங் களை மூடி வைக்குமாறு அறிவுறுத்தினர். ஊராட்சி நிர்வாகம் மூலம் கொசு மருந்து அடிக்கவும், குடிநீர் தொட்டியை சுத்தப்படுத்த ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. காய்ச்சிய தண்ணீரை குடிக்கும் படி அறிவித்தப்பட்டுள்ளது. காய்ச்சல் இருந்தால் உடனடியாக மருத்துவக்குழுவை அணுகுமாறு தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

Junior doctors to go on strike on January 20

Bangalore: The Karnataka State Junior Doctors’ Association 2008-09 has threatened to go on strike from January 20 if the Government does not increase their stipend.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Arun Kumar N., vice-president of the association, said that the stipend of interns, postgraduates and super-specialty students had not been increased in three years.

“We have been raising the issue by submitting memorandums to the officials and Ministers. But there has been no response,” he said.

Mahesh Babu, general secretary of the association, said that compared to the junior doctors in other States, the stipend here was meagre.

Interns get just Rs. 6,000 a month, postgraduate students Rs. 11,000 and super-speciality students get Rs. 13,000.

Dr. Arun Kumar said that the State Government had failed to comply with its order dated June 1, 2006, which said the stipend had to be revised periodically.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Message from Secretary TNGDA : PG Eligibility reduced to 2 years

Message from Secretary TNGDA

Sucess !!

Government accepts TNGDA Demand to reduce PG Eligibility to 2 years (from 3 years)

All CMC will be eligible to write PG Exams this year

State Secretary

Indefinite strike by doctors in Ahmednagar due to assault: IMA

Mumbai , Jan 1 Doctors in Ahmednagar have gone on an indefinite strike to protest against the increasing incidences of assaults on fellow doctors and their hospitals.

The strike would continue till appropriate action is not taken by the government to protect both private and government doctors, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ahmednagar unit said.
In last three days, a few doctors including renowned eye specialist Prakash Kankaria, who is also the vice-president of Indian Opthalmic society, was attacked by an irked mob.
The activists, allegedly belonging to Sambhaji Brigade, also attacked a resident doctor of a private multi-facility hospital. Another incident took place in a government rural hospital.
IMA Ahmednagar unit has submitted a memorandum in this regard to the district collector.
The state unit has also written a letter to the state Home Minister Jayant Patil appealing the government to look into the matter and take necessary action immediately.
" Time and again we have been promised by the government to look into assault on doctors and we were also promised that a law would be enacted,"Secretary, IMA state unit, Dr Suhas H Pingle said in the letter.
Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions ( Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2008 was scheduled to be introduced in the winter session of legislature in Nagpur last month. It is likely to be introduced in the budget session commencing from March 16, 2009.
The Act provides for a fine of Rs 50,000 on anyone attacking a doctor or a hospital employee, vandalising hospital property.

Message from Secretary TNGDA : PG Eligibility reduced to 2 years

Message from Secretary TNGDA

Sucess !!

Government accepts TNGDA Demand to reduce PG Eligibility to 2 years (from 3 years)

All CMC will be eligible to write PG Exams this year

State Secretary

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Amount for children’s heart surgery goes up

Amount for children’s heart surgery goes up
Shastry V. Mallady
Government accepts private hospitals’ request
MADURAI: Funds provided by the State government to private hospitals for carrying out free heart surgeries for children have been increased.
A government order to this effect has been issued and the Health Department has asked all accredited private hospitals to expedite the surgeries for schoolchildren with heart ailments under ‘Ilam Sirar Irudhaya Padhukappu Thittam.’
S. Elango, Director of Public Health (DPH), told The Hindu here on Thursday that the government has acceded to the request of private hospitals seeking more money.
For each simple closed heart surgery for a child, the government has increased the amount to Rs. 20,000 from the present Rs. 10,000 given to private hospitals. For a simple open heart surgery, the amount has been enhanced to Rs.50,000 from Rs.30,000.
According to Dr. Elango, the government has also increased the money reimbursed for major/complicated open heart surgeries to Rs. 1 lakh from Rs.70,000.
“Poor children up to 15 years who have to undergo heart surgery would benefit immensely as the accredited private hospitals will expedite the process,” he said.
The private hospitals represented to the State government that the money provided under the scheme should commensurate with costs of medical consumables required to perform a heart surgery, the Director of Public Health said.
Stating that 803 free heart surgeries for school-going children were performed in the State so far under the scheme, Dr. Elango said that the tie-up with private hospitals was a right model of public-private partnership to clear the waiting list in Government Hospitals. Children with heart ailments are being identified through screening camps held under School Health Programme.
3 private hospitals added
Dr. Elango informed that three more private hospitals in the State have been added to the existing list of 17 accredited hospitals for the ‘Ilam Sirar Irudhaya Padhukappu Thittam.’
The three hospitals were Billroth Hospital in Chennai, Cauvery Mission Hospital in Tiruchi and Vinayaka Mission Hospital in Salem.

Friday, January 2, 2009

“Government doctors deprived of VRS”

Government doctors’ in the State have been deprived of the fundamental right of the option of VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) from service on the pretext of shortage for doctors’ and specialists.

According to Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association state secretary K. Senthil, the VRS applications submitted by eligible doctors were not processed and a few applicants approached the High Court seeking justice. Under such circumstances, the government had issued a G.O. amending the fundamental rule for VRS eligibility and banned doctors under the scarce category. The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association vehemently opposed it and demanded withdrawal of the order. Doctors must also be given the right of VRS like any other government servant.

Already, the government doctors’ in the State are grossly underpaid in spite of their role in holding the State on top in the country. Now, with a ban on VRS, the government doctors’ services were like that of “bonded” as compulsory service. Even resignations were not accepted for the government doctors. Having worked for 20 years in government, when the doctors opted out of service on VRS due to family compulsions, illness of their spouse/children or better prospects; denial affected the morale of the government doctors.Most doctors working in PHCs and in Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care centres were enormously stressed both mentally and physically due to long duty hours. The government should review the working conditions and improve them, the association demanded.

In order to attract specialist doctors, the service conditions may be made more lucrative. For instance, pay scale, promotion opportunities and duty timings should be on par with Central Government.

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