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Postgraduate medical students boycott counselling

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They allege lack of transparency in vacancy list

SEEKING REMEDY:TNGDA president K. Senthil briefs PG diploma medical students after his interaction with the DME at her office on Wednesday.— PHOTO: R. RAGU
SEEKING REMEDY:TNGDA president K. Senthil briefs PG diploma medical students after his interaction with the DME at her office on Wednesday.— PHOTO: R. RAGU

Postgraduate diploma doctors on Wednesday boycotted counselling, alleging lack of transparency in the vacancy list issued by the Directorate of Medical Services.

The PG diploma students, who had earlier served in various government hospitals and primary health centres, had taken the required entrance examination for counselling and were called for the same.

However, most of the students waiting for counselling at the Directorate of Medical Education (DME)'s office in Kilpauk were in for a shock as they were not given the full list of vacancies in the State-run hospitals.

Students said that in the past five years, the lack of transparency in vacancy had become more serious. The graduates had taken up PG diploma courses in specialties such as anaesthesia, paediatrics, ENT and ophthalmology after several years of service in primary health centres and peripheral hospitals. According to them, there were 30 vacancies in paediatrics, but only 17 had found place in the list. Similarly, vacancies in anaesthesia in various GHs were not listed.

The students further said that though there were medical institutions in 25 districts, vacancies in only 12 districts were available in the government website www.tnhealth.org.

President of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors' Association K. Senthil said DME C. Vamsadhara had promised him that junior doctors would not be preferred to senior doctors. However, the Director of Medical Services had not offered any such assurance.

“The DMS has refused to show us the list of vacancies,” he said.

When 200 vacancies came up in government hospitals a month ago, the DMS listed 35 vacancies, that too in remote areas, and 90 doctors refused posting. Their names were removed from the employment exchange but neither were the vacancies filled. “Owing to a decision by the DMS, we have already lost 100 specialists,” he said.

“All doctors registered until May 2011 had been called for counselling. Yet, we have not been able to fill the vacancies. Today, vacancies in seven remote districts were shown, whereas vacancies exist all over the State,” Dr. Senthil said.

Following the boycott, the DME assured the association that counselling would be held on April 1 and 2. The counselling slated for March-end has also been postponed, he added.

Despite repeated attempts, the DME was not available for comment.

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