Service Doctors Forum (SDF), a voluntary organisation of service doctors, on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Director of Medical Education (DME) and Director of Health Service (DHS) demanding that the MBBS doctors at various SNCU, ICU and HDU of the state-run hospitals should be allowed to appear in WBPGMAT 2006, post-graduate entrance examination.
The state government introduced TR rules 2015 which said that MBBS doctors must serve in rural areas at least for three years to become eligible for appearing in the MD/MS examination. Those doctors who did not serve in rural areas of West Bengal after completing their undergraduate courses will not be allowed to sit for the post-graduate entrance examination.
SDF has alleged that those doctors, who are now discharging their duties in various hospitals in the city, were not allowed to opt for rural services when they were inducted into service by the government.
Dr Sajal Biswas, general secretary of the SDF, said: “The government should have given these candidates an option to serve in rural health centres. Giving a chance to opt for rural services, the government cannot bar them from appearing in the post-graduate entrance examinations. We have submitted a memorandum to the senior health officials who have assured us to look into the matter.”