Minister for Health Danam Nagender said here on Sunday that efforts are on to fill all vacant doctor posts in Government hospitals in the State by November 14.

Notification was given for 2,450 doctor posts in the State and due to court cases the recruitment was delayed. However, all hurdles will be removed within 15 days paving the way for the recruitment, he said while conducting the review on the conditions in area hospitals in Kamareddy division.

With an idea to provide improvised services to patients, cluster area hospitals will be formed for each four to five Primary Health Centres (PHCs), he said, expressing the hope that such hospitals would be able to give all kinds of medical services to rural people within the radius of 20 km.

Medical sub-centres

Disclosing that the government is spending Rs.4,300 crore on health every year, he said all necessary infrastructure will be provided in hospitals at a cost of Rs.1,200 crore to be released under the ARSF and the DFID by the Centre. Medical sub-centres will be set up at all places wherever they are required, said Mr. Nagender.

Minister for Medical Education P. Sudarshan Reddy advised the government doctors against private practice. He said doctors being in government service, if indulge in private practice, will be subjected to action. He said that about Rs.1,000 crore are being spent under the Arogyasri programme.

Minister for Higher Education and in-charge Minister D. Sreedhar Babu asked the public health engineering authorities to expedite works pertaining to the Kamareddy water scheme.