The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has cleared a proposal to engage 124 doctors for specialized treatments in its hospitals across the city. “Some of these doctors are pursuing postgraduate studies,” said Bapu Karne, Chairman of the PMC standing committee. The civic body also aims at utilizing the facilities which have remained unattended so far because of lack of manpower. According to the PMC data, the civic body operates 16 small hospitals and 28 dispensaries. Less remuneration and terms of employment are responsible for the civic body not being able to get specialist doctors for its hospitals. These vacancies are for physicians, radiologists, ophthalmologists and ENT surgeons. According to a civic health official, finding doctors for municipal hospitals is a tough task. “Doctors get better salaries in private hospitals. Municipal hospitals not only offer less remuneration but also the contracts need to be reviewed every six months, which is tiresome,” the official said. About two years ago, the PMC had decided to double the remuneration for doctors after it received a poor response to its advertisements. The health department has urged the state government for permanent recruitment of doctors. A senior civic health official said the new appointments will be made on a contract basis. “Doctors who wish to work with the PMC will have to sign a bond. Two municipal hospitals in the city were handicapped for months as they wanted more doctors. They can be made operational after the new appointments. The initiative will provide a learning platform to young doctors as well.