Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has claimed to have substantially increased allocations for health sector in the current year budget. But the restrictive induction policy for Trainee Medical Officers (TMOs) depicts different picture. This year 900 talented young doctors passed FCPS part-1 examination and they met the criteria for induction as TMOs to complete the mandatory training in teaching hospitals for taking the part-II examination in different specialties. But on the contrary 400 young doctors would be appointed as TMOs whereas more than 750 plus such slots are available in government hospitals.
The leftover candidates held a protest rally near Peshawar Press Club and later the aggrieved young doctors addressed a press conference for bringing their genuine demands to the notice of the provincial government. It may be recalled that former Health Secretary AbidMajid showed zest and zeal for the expansion of secondary and tertiary healthcare infrastructure. He was of the view that the rapid increase in the population of Provincial Metropolis of Peshawar more teaching level hospitals need to set up. This people friendly premise may have not well received by the Dental Surgeon Health Minister Dr. HishamInamullah. The incumbent health secretary was transferred and additional charge of the department was given to another administrative secretary. And now the restrictive induction policy is being introduced for the young doctors who aspire for specialization. It will certainly give momentum to the trend of opting for PLAB-1 and 2 and USMLE examination among the young doctors and will accelerate the brain drain from the province.