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Medicos Demand Scrapping of One-year Rural Service Rule సెప్టెంబర్ 23, 2014

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HYDERABAD: Making one-year rural service mandatory for medical students after their post-graduation is far from a settled issue.

Ever since it was introduced in 2010, it has only increased the acrimony between students and medical department officials.

In an another fresh ultimatum issued to the government, the Telangana Junior Doctors’ Association (TJUDA) on Sunday demanded that the rule of one-year rural service by junior doctors be done away with forthwith. Instead, it suggested, the government should provide permanent jobs to medicos.

Junior doctors from all medical colleges in Telangana met on Sunday to discuss issues concerning them and to  chalk out plans to address the shortfall of medical professionals at grass-root level in the state. Speaking to mediapersons later, TJUDA president Dr G Srinivas said, “The governments always point at the inadequate medical personnel in villages which affect whole health system. So,it is better for both students as well as government if they are recruited on a permanent basis.” However, he reiterated that it would be better on the part of the government to make one-year rural service voluntary.

The medicos also appealed to the government to hike the stipend paid to postgraduates and interns. “ It was decided in the erstwhile united state to hike the stipend paid to medicos by 15 percent every two years. But the government has not enhanced the stipend which is due this year,” he added.

Besides, it asked the government to introduce residency system at all teaching hospitals in the state with 24-hour advanced laboratory facilities as per the  AP High Court directions issued in 2006.

The junior doctors also appealed to the Telangana government to have the state-conducted medical entrance test included in the national pool. Further, it requested the government to set up a Telangana medical university at the earliest.

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