Kolkata: In an attempt to combat the dearth of doctors at various state-owned hospitals, the Bengal government is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for the doctors from the private establishments to provide voluntary service at the government hospitals.The matter is, however, in the primary level and the state Health department has been mulling if the doctors from private hospitals could be roped in. It has been learnt from the sources that during her recent meeting with the senior health officials at Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also instructed the officials to explore the possibilities on how the doctors from private hospitals can be utilised in government hospitals, if there is a need. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state Health department is contemplating how the private doctors can be engaged for giving voluntary service at the state run-hospitals. The move is aimed at ensuring proper and timely medical care to those undergoing treatment at various hospitals, particularly in the multi super-speciality ones that have come up in various parts of the state.It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has set up around 42 multi super-speciality hospitals in the districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious modalities like determining the consultation fee of these doctors or their fixed honorarium will be worked out, most likely on the basis of the number of patients they attend. The matter is, however, up to the government.The senior Health department officials may chalk out an elaborate plan for engaging private doctors for voluntarily devoting time ato treat patients at district hospitals, as well as the multi super-speciality hospitals, sources said. The present government has increased the number of medical seats in the state. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats have increased from 2,205 to 3,750, while the number of post-graduate medical seats have increased from 880 to 1,297.The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased to 147 from 107. Around 93 tutor-demonstrators were appointed by the Health department, bringing the total number of such appointments to 2,095.Despite the initiatives taken by the state government, there is a dearth of doctors at government establishments, as the number of medical seats were not increased for a long time.According to a senior government official, the plan is at the preliminary level. The decision will be taken after considering all aspects relating to the proposal.”There is a proposal regarding the utilisation of the private doctors, which is under the consideration of the government,” the official said.