Govt signs agreement with PHFI to address shortage of specialist doctors

Shillong, Mar 12: Health Minister AL Hek today said the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to address the problem related to shortage of specialist doctors in the state.

Replying to query posed by Congress MLA from Ampati, Miani D Shira in the Assembly on Tuesday, Hek said a total of 114 sanctioned posts for specialists were lying vacant in different government hospitals and 18 in community health centres (CHCs).

He said the MoU was signed with the PHFI in December last year to get specialist doctors.

On short term measures to address the shortage of specialists, the Minister said that the government is partnering with the NEIGRIHMS for running short term courses.

Mawsynram MLA, HM Shangpliang demanded from the government to set up inquiry and take action against doctors who are not available in their place of posting.

“Most of specialist doctors are busy in Shillong in their private clinics. I request the government to get such cases enquired and take action as this has affected the delivery of health care in the state,” Shangpliang said, to which the Health Minister assured to look into it.