BENGALURU: The proposal to amend the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act, 2012, was approved by the state Cabinet last week and is likely to be introduced in the ongoing session of the state legislature.
Earlier all medical students who studied in Karnataka were required to do compulsory rural service, now only those who studied under government quota have to, the amendment proposes.
Recently, the department advertised that a monthly remuneration of `1 lakh to `1.2 lakh will be given to specialist doctors opting for a contract job, a retention fee of `10,000 and a daily out-patient fee of `2,000 was also promised for those on call. Despite this, the department has received around 150 applications for the 1,065 vacant posts it had to fill.
Dr G A Srinivasa, treasurer, Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association, said, “Annually, 3,000 PG students pass out of government medical colleges. But they work in private medical colleges after graduating.”
HC stays notice cancelling licence of doctors
Bengaluru: The High Court on Monday stayed the notices threatening to cancel the licences of doctors if they don’t serve mandatory rural service for a year. The notices also impose a penalty of D3 to D5 lakh on each doctor. Hearing the petitions filed by Dr Divya from Dakshina Kannada district and 199 other doctors from different parts of the state, Judge G Narendar stayed the notice issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department and Medical Council of Karnataka to the petitioners
.The judge also issued a notice to Karnataka Medical Council and the departments of Health and Family Welfare, and medical education. Notices were issued by the health and family welfare department on May 20 and by the Karnataka Medical Council on May 29, stating that each doctor would be fined for not serving in rural areas and their licences would be cancelled.