KOLKATA: The state government has decided to hold walk-in interviews to recruit doctors, bypassing the usual process followed by the West Bengal Health Recruitment Board (WBHRB) or the Municipal Service Commission (MSC).
The process will be conducted by the MSC that will appoint 53 doctors and 18 medical technicians for Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The decision of launching the special walk-in recruitment was taken with chief minister Mamata Banerjee saying there was an urgent need for doctors to tackle the Covid-19 situation.
WBHRB usually recruited doctors and nurses, but given the critical times, dates of walk-in interviews would be announced soon, the CM said.
She said some Calcutta University PG students were being used to handle calls of Covid-19 patients and advise them. “Psychology students are counselling patients, 1,144 of whom have been counselled since August 1,” said chief secretary Rajiva Sinha. The CM asked Sinha to set up a website where willing youngsters and students can register to volunteer.
The state health department has also decided to recruit 500 house staff to cater to the demand of junior doctors as a section of medical graduates, after completing internship, opt out of working as house staff to prepare for post-graduate entrance exams.