To end the shortage of doctors in the hills, the Uttarakhand Medical Service Selection Board (UMSSB) is hiring 712 doctors to serve in the hilly areas. These doctors will be offered special perks to work in the hilly regions.
Chairman of UMSSB, Dr D S Rawat, said, “A total 1,604 applicants had applied online and 1,153 people were shortlisted for the interview. We will hire 712 of them and the results will be out soon.”
Rawat added that all 80 posts of specialists were going to be filled while the rest are for medical officers. Of the 2,700 posts of doctors in the state health services about 1,800 are lying vacant.
The hilly districts continue to grapple with lack of medical services. In a shocking incident that highlighted the poor condition of medical services in the state, two women gave birth on the road in two separate incidents in Champawat district last week after the 108 emergency ambulance services failed to respond to their calls. Patients were also left in the lurch as the lone doctor at the district medical facility was on leave.