Out of 69 chief medical officer posts in Muktsar district, only 26 are filled: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Muktsar, July 10

One after another, the doctors of the district government of Muktsar resign. In recent months, eight doctors have filed their papers.

The latest resignation was that of Dr Seema Goyal, who was appointed district epidemiologist. She quit this week.

Most doctors cite “personal reasons” in their resignation letters. Sources, however, say salaries in the public sector relative to compensation in the private sector are low.

Of the 69 sanctioned emergency and GP positions in the district, only 26 are filled.

There is not a single medical specialist in the public sector. Moreover, there is only one paediatrician and he too is stationed in the village of Doda. The positions of surgeon and ENT specialist are vacant at the civil hospital here. Moreover, there is no orthopedist at the civil hospital of Malout.

The situation in the urban dispensaries of Malout and Muktsar is no better. None of the dispensaries has a doctor.

Dr Ranju Singla, Chief Medical Officer of Muktsar, said: “The superiors have been briefed on the situation. Those who resigned cited personal reasons for leaving the government post. Dr. Seema quit because she wants to pursue research.