Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy has said that the services of 400 doctors will be terminated within three days for unauthorised absence.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Thursday, Ms. Sreemathy said the government had already issued notice to these doctors.

Already, the services of 250 doctors had been terminated from the medical education wing and 140 from the health services. In reply to another question, the Minister said that the posts of 184 assistant surgeons and 93 civil surgeons were vacant.

The government would not conduct the Bachelor in Rural Medical Service (BRMS) course. There was no shortage of doctors in the State. Since the government assumed office, 2,306 doctors had been appointed through the Public Service Commission. The proposal for creating 1,000 posts in the health sector was pending with the Finance Department. The 200 retirement vacancies of doctors that were expected to arise on March 31would be filled within a week.

She said doctors were not averse to joining government service. The 750 open heart surgeries conducted at Kottayam Medical College and many other instances were proof that the quality of health service was on the rise.

From next year, registration and admission of students to medical colleges would be conducted by the medical university. Since its inception, the Medical Services Corporation had purchased medicines worth Rs.267.44 crore. On testing 800 batches, 146 batches were found sub-standard.