Bundhoo: “The PSC is independent”
The State has recruited 235 doctors. Saturday, the new recruits were invited to an induction program at Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Bell Village. The Minister of Health, Lormus Bundhoo, was invited to comment on the controversy surrounding the recent recruitment of doctors by the Public Service Commission (PSC). “I have not had anything to say in this recruitment,” he said.
This recruitment caused a lot of frustration. The letters and emails, denouncing how the exercise was conducted, flowed within editorial offices. One factor mentioned is the fact that doctors, who have just completed their internship, were recruited while others, who work under contract (renewable each month) from one to three years, are not part of new recruits. Lormus Bundhoo argued that he hasn’t anything to do with it.
“The PSC is an independent institution. The Ministry informed when there are vacancies. It is this institution that recruits doctors and who sends us, then, the list of those who have been recruited. Those who believe their rights have been violated may turn to the Public Bodies Appeal Tribunal. But, as Minister of Health, I have no right to interfere in the business of the PSC” he argued. He said another 100 doctors would be recruited in April or May, depending on the department’s budget and the number of vacancies.