Govt begins recruiting more docs for mohalla clinics

Astha Saxena
The government aims to set up 1,000 such clinics by the end of this year. (Archives)

The Delhi government has started the process of hiring doctors for recently inaugurated mohalla clinics in the capital. Currently, around 300 doctors are empanelled with the health department to work in the health centres. The department has invited applications from across the city to fill 200 posts.

As per guidelines, the remuneration for each empanelled doctor is Rs 40 per patient registered, with a minimum assured guarantee of 75 patients per day, to be calculated on a monthly basis.

“We’ve begun interviews to hire doctors for the clinics. The doctors are mostly from the private set-up, and will be paid Rs 40 per patient. The minimum qualification for hiring of any doctor is an MBBS degree,” said Dr Shalley Kamra, State Nodal Officer, Delhi government.

Last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had inaugurated 100 new mohalla clinics in the city, taking the total number of health centres to 301. At the time, the CM had said the government is planning to open one mohalla clinic every square kilometre.

The government aims to set up 1,000 such clinics by the end of this year. As many as 1.69 crore patients have availed services from the health centres, and on an average, around 35,000-40,000 patients visit these clinics every day.

To meet the target, the government has also tweaked specifications for those willing to give their property on rent for the clinics.
The new set of guidelines will fix the maximum rent up to Rs 35,000. The minimum area for setting up the clinic has been reduced to 40 square metres.

“We have started the application process for that as well. Soon, more clinics will be set up in rented accommodations,” said Dr Kamra.
In 2018, the government had given the responsibility of getting manpower to Maulana Azad Medical College, which was asked to chalk out a strategy to hire doctors and staff for the primary health centres.