Karnataka

Online bidding for MBBS doctors

After hiring specialist doctors through online bidding last year, the State Health Department now wants to attract MBBS graduates (general duty medical officers) through online bidding, especially in high-priority districts.

“As these doctors will be hired under the National Health Mission, we have sent a proposal in this regard to the Union government and are awaiting the approval. The process of inviting bids will be finalised soon after we get the approval,” said Ratan Kelkar, State Mission Director for National Health Mission.

Claiming that the online bidding process was successful last year, Mr. Kelkar said of the 300 specialists hired last year, only 202 continued to serve in the government healthcare facilities.

Of the 2,600 GDMO posts, nearly 400 are vacant. With not many doctors coming forward to serve in rural areas, the department has posted AYUSH practitioners against the posts of MBBS doctors. Overall, there is a shortage of nearly 1,400 doctors in all the healthcare centres in the State. This includes vacancies of 1,065 specialists.

Last year, the department had embarked on an aggressive drive to hire doctors on call and on contract. While a monthly remuneration of ₹1 lakh to ₹1.2 lakh had been fixed for doctors opting to take up a job on contract, a retention fee of ₹10,000 apart from a daily out-patient fee of ₹2,000 had been fixed for those who are on call. A stipulated fee had also been fixed for every procedure they conducted.

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