Madhya Pradesh: Crisis looms in health sector as 171 govt doctors set to retire in 2019

Bhopal: Government hospitals of the state are already going through acute shortage of doctors and the situation is going to worsen in the coming days. At a time, when new doctors are least interested in joining the government sector, in all 171 doctors working in various government health institutions of Madhya Pradesh are going to retire in 2019.

According to health department data, there are a total of 8,173 sanctioned posts of doctors in government sector which include medical officers and specialists and around 3,926 posts are vacant in the state.

Out of total 171 doctors who are going to retire in this year, 90% are specialist doctors. At present, more than 68% of the sanctioned posts of specialists in government health institutions are vacant.

Despite recruitment through Public Service Commission (PSC) continuously, very few doctors actually join the health department. In 2017, the health department conducted recruitment against 594 vacant posts, out of them 726 doctors were scrutiny and 126 did not even participate in the process.

According to government doctors, on an average around 150 government doctors are retiring every year in Madhya Pradesh. Considering this pace of retirement, 90% doctors will retire by 2019, which is alarming.

To attract young doctors, the health department introduced various lucrative programmes, but none of the initiatives could attract doctors to join the department.

We will meet new CM and health minister soon

 It is not only about improving salary structure, there is a need to provide a safe workplace to government doctors. We will be meeting new chief minister, Kamal Nath and health minister Tulsiram Silawat soon and will keep our demands and suggestions to improve public health sector. The new CM is a visionary and we believe he will definitely bring a positive change in health sector.

-Dr Lalit Shrivastava, Patron MP Medical Officers’ Association

No. of doctors to retire between Jan 31, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019

  • Total doctors to retire 171
  • Specialists 112
  • District health officers 14
  • Chief medical and health officer 1

Madhya Pradesh was the first state to increase retirement age from 62 to 65 years, but this step has also failed to tackle the situation. New doctors are least interested in joining government sector because of poor salary structure and mismanagement. Young doctors prefer to go to private sector or other neighbouring states.