Students completing postgraduate degrees or diplomas in any faculty of the Goa Medical College (GMC) will have to compulsorily serve a three-year bond wherein the successful candidate will be required to work in a government hospital or any other medical institute under the public health department.

Excuse of further studies – no more !

The PG or diploma holder candidate can no longer escape from a previous loophole where they could say they were going for further studies to avoid working at government hospitals as part of this bond. Despite many public health deparment offices executing the bond for the last 3 years, health officials says many have left after their PG or diploma courses without serving the bond using this excuse.

The new notification clearly says no exemption shall be granted under any circumstances, including that of higher studies without completing the stipulated period of service under the bond as directed by the government. The public health department will require to issue the direction calling successful candidates to serve the bond within six months of the date of completion of the postgraduate course.

No delay in passing this order to prevent loss of good candidates

A health official said that the public health department should do well not to delay issuing the order as delay it would allow successful candidates to decline any posting given as part of the bond. He said the public health department which has been currently facing a shortage of doctors, particularly specialists, can benefit in a big way if it diligently starts executing bonds.

A senior medical practitioner posted in South Goa said that the problem of non-availability of doctors in primary health centers in the rural belt can be taken care of to a large extent if doctors completing their diplomas and postgraduate degree courses are posted there. A heath department official said that when orders are issued to work in a rural health centre, requests pour in to give a posting elsewhere. If posted in the GMC they are still not inclined to join the premier as the workload is more.

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