Ministry of Defense orders AFMS to recruit 400 retired doctors from AMC, SSC | India News
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Defence said Sunday that he has issued an order to Armed Forces medical services (AFMS) to recruit 400 retirees medical officers of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) and the Short service commission (SSC) on the basis of a contract for a maximum of 11 months.
India has been hit hard by the second wave of coronavirus infections and hospitals in several states are reeling from shortages of healthcare personnel, vaccines, oxygen, medicines and beds.
The Defense Ministry statement noted: “Under the ‘Tour of Duty’ scheme, 400 former AMC / SSC medical officers, released between 2017 and 2021, are expected to be hired by contract for a maximum period of 11 months.”
These doctors will be paid a fixed monthly fixed amount, which will be calculated by deducting the basic pension from the salary earned at the time of retirement, he said.
If there is any additional payment for specialists, it will be awarded in addition to this lump sum, he added.
“The amount would remain unchanged for the life of the contract and no other allowances would be paid. The medical officers to be hired must be medically fit according to civil standards,” he said.
The AFMS has already deployed additional doctors, including specialists, superspecialists and paramedics, to various hospitals, to deal with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AFMS SSC physicians have also been granted an extension through December 31, increasing the staffing by an additional 238 physicians.
India recorded 4.03,738 new cases of Covid-19 in one day, bringing the count to 2.22.96,414, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Sunday.
The death toll from the pandemic rose to 2.42,362 with 4,092 new deaths, updated data showed at 8 a.m.