BANGALORE: The severe shortage of doctors in state-run hospitals in rural areas has been affecting SC/STs, OBC and minorities, according to a report of the Legislature Committee of SC/ST Welfare.
The 19-member committee, headed by senior Congress legislator and former minister P M Narendraswamy, had submitted the report to both the Houses recently.
The report said the shortage of doctors in state-run hospitals is severely affecting the delivery of medical services to the poor, particularly the Backward Classes and minorities.
The report highlighted that more than 35 per cent of the population in rural areas are from oppressed sections.
The committee strongly recommended the government to address the issue on priority as because of their financial condition and private medical services are out of reach.It also recommended increasing the salary and perks of doctors who serve in rural areas.