Reservation for the Residing

By Sameer Khan

Delhi government hospitals will now be having 50% seats reserved for the graduates and post graduates from institutions in Delhi.

A new policy for centralized recruitment of resident doctors under the Delhi health department comes as a sigh of relief for many doctors residing in Delhi. This reservation would mean that there would be more opportunities for the students studying in Delhi’s medical colleges.

“This is a good step as many students fear that they would have to leave the city after graduating and also for the senior doctors who are practicing here since a long time.” says Dr. Sathish Chandra, chief cardiologist, central railway hospital.

The selection process for senior doctors will constitute of an interview carrying 80 marks and 20 marks will be given on the basis of their experience.

In the three-year tenure of senior residency in teaching hospitals, all resident doctors will have to spend two years in the allotted hospital and one year in posting at two peripheral hospitals for six months each. The experience certificate of teaching hospitals will not be given if the doctor leaves the job at any time in three years without completing the peripheral tenure, states the order.

The policy has also brought in a mandatory requirement of a year’s service in two peripheral hospitals on the outskirts of Delhi for all senior resident doctors, regardless of the hospital of their appointment. “This will helpful for the doctors manning the OPD and dispensaries as they are the ones who are frequently transferred” says Dr. V. K. Puri, in charge of the Lajpat Nagar central dispensary.

“This is of a huge relief for the students who are living in Delhi as we won’t have to stay away from home even after we graduate as was the case before.” says Mohd Qarib, final year student, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University.

The new policy also states that the posts of non-academic junior resident doctors- doctors who have completed their graduation but are not pursuing any post-graduate training- will be abolished in a phased manner, and replaced by posts of academic junior residents by creating more PG seats. Academic junior residents are doctors who are pursuing any postgraduate degree in any specialty.

The policy also states that after completing the recruitment of academic junior residents in existing posts, the other vacant posts of junior residents- which were being filled by non-academic residents- will now be converted to posts of senior residents in every specialty. These are doctors who have already completed their post-graduation.

Will this be a boon or a bane for the students as well as the resident doctors, only time will tell. As per now the residents are happy regarding the now formed policy and relieved as they won’t be packing their bags soon enough.

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