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    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government proposes to shift the nurses and paramedical staff in Medical College Hospitals (MCHs) in the State from the Department of Health Services (DHS) to the Department of Medical Education (DME), Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy told the Assembly on Friday.

    Replying to a submission from CPI(M) MLA Raju Abraham, she said the nurses and paramedical staff in the MCHs were now under the DHS, while the doctors were under the DME. In the recent years, two Assembly panels had described the administrative problems caused by this dual control.

    The Minister said one of these panels had suggested asking the nurses and paramedical staff about their willingness to shift to the DME or remain with the DHS. Ms. Sreemathy said the Medical Council of India too had written to the State Government recently on this subject.

    "The shifting will be done protecting the status and all the service benefits of the staff. We are initiating steps to do this," the Minister said.

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