LAHORE - Punjab government has approved to create 750 additional vacancies of post graduate (trainee) doctors in teaching hospitals of the province and finance department has released funds to the tune of Rs 118.125 million for this purpose, said spokesman of the Punjab government on Friday. It is worth mentioning here the decision has been taken after publication of a news item in The Nation about expected brain drain of doctors in the country as a large number of doctors were being interviewed by a Saudi delegation against attractive salary package in the City for last six days at a local hotel. It was disclosed by Punjab Secretary Health Fawad Hasan Fawad while presiding over a departmental meeting. Special Secretary Health Mohammad Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, Deputy Secretary Budget Sarfraz Ahmed and other officers attended the meeting. The secretary health told that by creating these posts the scope of post graduation for the doctors would be enhanced. Besides it will also help to overcome the shortage of specialist doctors in the public sector hospitals. He said the PG trainee doctors would also get Rs 22,500 per month as remuneration. The summary regarding creation of the said seats was moved in the past but it was kept pending by the Chief Minister Secretariat. Out of these 750 seats, 190 would be for King Edward Medical University, 90 for Allama Iqbal Medical College and 90 for Punjab Medical College Faisalabad. Commenting on the decision, the office-bearers of Young Doctors Association seeking anonymity said the 750 seats would not help to solve the issue because of the health policies of the Punjab government. They said doctors were being paid more salaries in Punjab as compared to other provinces due to which doctors from the other provinces prefer to perform duties in Punjab. A young doctor said if the Punjab government did not change its health polices and control the opening of private medical colleges in the province the doctors would remain jobless. He said private colleges were producing 100 doctors every year and at present about 26 private medical colleges were operating. The graduates from these colleges come in the market and create pressure on the government for jobs. While these colleges have no medical facilities like teaching hospitals, faculty, and buildings. Office-bearers of Pakistan Medical Association and Young Doctors Association have appealed to the Punjab chief minister to give doctors a pay raise equal to that of judiciary and also to announce a regular service structure for doctors with time scale promotion so that the unrest among doctors community could be settled.