Dehradun, October 19
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has cleared the way for the appointment of 13 contractual super specialists in different hospitals, for which advertisements will be released shortly.

After receiving approval for the appointment of contractual 13 super specialists by the Cabinet in August this year, the Health Department has now passed an order, empowering the Chief Medical officers (CMOs) or the Chief Medical Superintendents to make the appointments.
Owing to a delay in the renewal of yearly contracts of super specialists, Doon Hospital, Coronation Hospital and hospitals in Haldwani, Pauri, Almora, Kotdwar and Srinagar have been without their services for the past more than nine months.
Though it is already clear that the super specialists would be contracted for a period of three years instead of one year, the department has added several provisions for increasing their accountability. According to the new terms, the super specialists would have to discharge emergency duty and a separate register would be kept for their attendance.
Initially, a total of 50 posts were created for the appointment of super specialists. But shortage of manpower forced the Health Department to restrict it to 13. In Uttarakhand, there are a total of 13 posts of super specialist. Out of these six posts are meant for Doon Hospital. The specialists comprise nephrologist DM (one post), neuro surgeon, MCH (one post), neuro physcician (DM) one post, plastic surgeon, MCH (five posts), gastroenterologist, DM (two posts), endocrinologist, DM (two posts), urologist (one post).

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