PGRs rotation to DHQ hospitals faces doctors’ apathy

Muhammad Suleman

Lahore—Young Doctors Association (YDA) and College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) putting some resistance to implement rotation of Postgraduate Residents (PGRs) from teaching institutions to district headquarters hospitals (DHQs). This programme was under pressure prior to its beginning and virtually on verge of closure as there are a few bottlenecks in implementation of this program. Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education department (SHC&ME) is planning to change the nature of program from voluntary to compulsory.
A well informed source said that, health department and the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) have signed an agreement to send 3rd and 4th PGRs from teaching hospitals to the (DHQs) for three month on a rotation basis. This was initiative to ensuring quality healthcare and consultative services of specialist doctors to the people of remote districts were the purpose of this program. He said, this has been taken as a pilot project with a view to fill the vacant posts in small-scale hospitals with qualified medics as the young doctors have been avoiding to serve there.
The Punjab government has announced a variety of incentives for the PGs for serving at DHQ hospitals. “Under the agreement, the rotational duty at the DHQ hospitals will be optional and the three-month period will be considered as part of their training, the Punjab government had offered Rs25, 000 monthly stipends, with free accommodation and security to those opting for the scheme.
He deplored, that just few PGRs have showed their interest in this program, most medics are reluctant to join at these hospitals due to shortage of basic facilities and it seems that health department initiated this process without any proper planning.

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