Bhubaneswar: The Post-graduation doctors' association in Odisha has strongly opposed the State government's move to appoint medical graduates from other States to meet large scale vacancies in the public health facilities.
While demanding immediate rollback of the decision, the Association has said that students successfully passed from different State-run medical colleges are waiting to get appointment in State hospitals as doctors. If government invites medical degree holders from outside, the future of the students of Odisha will be bleak for sure, asked Dr Harmohan Barik, President of Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.
He said that as many as 1600 students pass every year from government-run medical colleges in Odisha. When many of them are deprived of job in State, why the government wants to recruit physicians from outside the State, he questioned.
Barik further said, only Odisha government has implemented such rules while Other States have no such provisions.
Notably, Odisha government has planned to conduct a major recruitment drive this year to fill up the posts of 2,452 doctors, 82 dental surgeons and 94 assistant professors in various hospitals and medical colleges.
Earlier, only residents of Odisha who are able to read, write and speak Odia, and those who have passed middle school examination in Odia as a language subject or passed matriculation or equivalent with Odia as medium of examination in non-language subject were eligible for the recruitment in State-run hospitals.