Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:
Members cutting across party lines expressed concern over the poor state of health services and acute shortage of doctors in KBK districts during question hour in the Assembly on Friday.
Responding to a question asked by Congress member Santosh Singh Saluja during question hour, Health minister Dr Damodar Rout admitted that doctors were reluctant to serve in KBK districts despite the incentives offered to them by the state government. Even doctors who are natives of the KBK region are not keen to serve in this area and want posting in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar instead, he said.
Revealing that403 doctor posts were lying vacant in these districts, the minister said that the situation would improve with the opening of new medical colleges in the state. He said stern action like dismissal and notices in newspapers hves been planned against doctors remaining on leave for infinite periods on some pretext or the other after being posted to these areas. 65 new medical colleges will come up in the country with central assistance during the 12th plan period and under it the state has proposed to set up four new medical colleges; one each in Baleswar, Baripada, Koraput and Balangir districts.