'There are 4% vacancies in govt health sector'

By NT Bureau Published on Nov 21, 2017 04:03 PM IST

Chennai: There are just 4 per cent vacancies in government health sector in the State and it will be filled soon, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Handing over appointment orders to special doctors and others at a function organised by the Health Department at Kalaivanar Arangam here today, he said, "We are providing healthcare as per WHO’s recommendations and are inching closer to fulfilling their required parameters. In fact, as of now, no other State in India provides medical facilities like what our government does. Looking at the pace with which we are moving forward, a Japanese firm, Jaika, has consented to invest Rs 1,634 crore for developing the State’s hospitals."

On the occasion, 556 special doctors, 49 typists and seven stenographers were given employment orders by Palaniswami.

Boasting about the his government’s recruitment process, the Chief Minister said, "We are the first in India to form a special board for recruitment of doctors. Our unique Medical Recruitment Board (MRB) is accomplishing seamless recruitments. Since inception, the board has recruited 10,858 doctors, 9,533 special doctors. In total, the board has recruited 23,466 staff. This year, the board recruited 1,329 doctors and 721 special doctors."

Earlier, Health Minister Vijayabhaskar said, "Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa always wished for Tamilnadu to prosper in all spheres and longed for that to start from the Health Department. Fulfilling her dreams, our recruitments have become ultra fast. Almost all of today’s appointments have been made through simple walk-in interviews and written exams and 90 per cent of the candidates have been provided the location they desired. When employees of other departments work, it is called duty, but when you work, it’s called service."

Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, said, "We are in the forefront of providing healthcare in the country. Every year, our government hospitals undertake 6.86 lakh deliveries and more than 15 lakh surgeries which speaks about the volume of investment and the talented doctors we have. We will continue in our efforts to further improve our standards in the State."

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, State Ministers, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, MPs, ex-MLAs / MPs and various officials participated.