An old man wanted to unite his always fighting sons to get the lost reputation of the family back. He laid the foundation to construct a house so that all his sons could live together with united strength so to get the respect and regard of the society. He draw the building plan of the house to provide appropriate space to each of them without any bias. But the sons in order to show superiority over each other wanted to extend their given portions inappropriately which the weak foundation could not bear and the building collapsed before it could be completed. The slightly well off sons were not so affected but their poor younger brother i.e. contract (adhoc medical officers) who got some hope of getting shelter became homeless again.
Since 1991, service doctors have quarrelled over pseudo labels as MO, specialists (non-teaching and teaching), regular, regularised, adhoc etc. without giving respect to our basic qualification and status as a whole and unsuccessfully trying to find the way through the maze of the rules and regulations in respect of these pseudo labels without realising that even the one who made these labels and the rules never bother to know their meaning, purpose and implications. Our present behaviour on 'stage' has just amused the director sitting behind the curtain or the spectators sitting in front of us. And if I am not wrong we are slowly being stripped of our power, status and administrative control on ourselves and society.
Recently homeopathic medical officers appointed by the Delhi Govt. have been promoted to SMO after 4-5yrs of service. The poor adhoc medical officers working for the last 10-11 yrs seeing 250 to 350 times more patients than seen by their counter part homeopathic doctors in the same dispensary, facing the wrath of public as well as their elder brothers even do not get the pay in time for the want of continuation of service from time to time.
In my view
1. A doctor is a doctor whether he comes through UPSC or through interview as in ESI, NDMC. Unlike administrative services where a person after selection perform different type of duties irrespective of his qualification, a doctor perform same nature of duties whether selected through UPSC or not. Yes, after selection through UPSC you are bound by certain rules which give you certain privileges but also discriminate you from your fellow colleagues where you rip about and cry for the weight of the qualification only. Then how these rules of game are different for the contract appointees.
2. The Delhi health services are expanding and there is acute shortage of manpower. They are opening new dispensaries and hospitals without any provision of manpower. Still they require a no. of doctors beside paramedical staff to run the even existing health facilities. Instead of taking doctors through proper channels with proper prior planning, they resort to such measures as contract appointment. Then what is the fault of the needy doctors who join these service. Even you and I were in their place would have done the same. This type of appointment erode the structure of the service and it should have been resisted there and than it self. But unfortunately we do not wake up in time. As it happened when junior specialist were being appointed. But instead of fighting for the cause of 'doctor in service' so that there should be no exploitation and discrimination among the doctors, we are giving weight to our labels.
3. If in a passport office the main front door is closed due to any reason and to cater the long queue standing outside, a door on the back side is opened, will all the passports made through this back door be rendered invalid? The same is with this adhoc appointment. No body ask the name of the culprit who closed the front door and opened the back door. It is the needy one who after giving 10 yrs of best parts of their life in service are still without future.
I hope my views do not offend any body, but if they do even if it offends somebody I apologize.