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Shortage of medical officers: ‘Issue unnecessarily politicised’

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Though not all posts are filled, government has been able to finish filling up nearly 80% posts: Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader.

The State Government is making efforts sincere efforts to fill up posts of medical officers and specialists that are vacant for over a decade. Though not all posts are filled, the government has been able to finish the process of filling up nearly 80 per cent of vacant posts, said Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader.

Commenting on the discussion in the Legislative Assembly regarding delay in filling up vacant posts, Mr. Khader said, "I can understand concerns expressed by MLAs from Indi and Shiggavi where there are no medical officers. They need to speak out. But why are MLAs from Kundapur and Sirsi are speaking where medical officers and specialists are in good number?”

The issue shortage of medical officers and specialists in the Government hospitals has been unnecessarily politicised, Mr. Khader said.

On the comment of Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa, Mr. Khader said, "I accept his suggestion asking Government to spur up the work (of filling up vacant posts) in the remaining two-and-half years of rule."

Mr. Khader said the process appointing 380 MBBS doctors and 87 dentists has been completed. They have been recruited based on marks they have secured in MBBS and BDS examinations. They have been given time of two years to learn Kannada.

Mr. Khader said they have shortlisted candidates for 960 posts of specialists who will be called for counselling in the next few days. After completing this appointment process, the Government will start process of filling up 183 vacant posts of AYUSH officers.

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