RTI reveals acute shortage of staff in GMC & Associated Hospitals: Balvinder

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JAMMU: Though it may sound bad but it is true, as per RTI information, that GMC & Ahs Jammu are working with 30 per cent shortage of faculty members and with 70 per cent shortage of super specialties of GMC as on February 16, 2021 against notified bed-capacity of 900 beds in GMC, which is the only tertiary care hospital of Jammu. The most surprising part is that presently GMC is managing 1,100 beds against 900 notified beds. It was stated by RTI activist, Balvinder Singh along with Manmohan Singh & Mahesh Kotwal, while addressing a Press conference in Jammu on Thursday.
Balvinder Singh further said that there are only 233 faculty members in GMC against sanctioned strength of 369, with shortage of 136 as on February 8, 2021. The worst hit departments are Medicine (13 posts vacant) Anesthesiology (6 posts vacant), Obst & Gynae (27 posts vacant), Microbiology (10 posts vacant), Orthopedics (3 posts vacant), Pediatrics (10 posts vacant), Pathology (9 posts vacant), Radio Diagnosis (15 posts vacant) and Surgery (8 posts vacant). “Further, again sanctioned strength of 59 Super Specialties of GMC only 19 are in position with shortage of 40. In Surgical Gastro Enterlogy there is only 1 SS in position against sanctioned strength of 4, in Plastic surgery there is only 1 SS against sanctioned strength of 4, surprisingly there is no Super Specialist in Surgical Oncology, Nephrology, Clinical Hematology & Medical Gastroenterology against sanctioned strength of 4 each. There is only one doctor in Endocrinology & Medical Oncology against sanctioned strength of 4 in both. There is also shortage of 203 Non-Gazetted Superior Non-Plan & NRS staff against sanctioned strength of 512 in GMC. Only 22 Gazetted staff members are presently working in GMC against sanctioned strength of 42.
There is shortage of 15 Non-Gazetted (Ministerial Staff) against sanctioned strength of 35. There are 136 posts of Nursing Staff lying vacant against sanctioned strength of 532, there is shortage of 73 paramedical against sanctioned strength of 220 and there is shortage of 147 Class-IV employees against 596 sanctioned posts,” he asserted.
Singh further said that situation of Non-Gazetted staff in Associated Hospitals is also not good. “In Chest Diseases Hospital there is acute shortage of Non Gazetted and Class-IV staff, as only 72 Non-Gazetted officials are working against 133 sanctioned posts, with a shortage of 61. There is shortage of 54 Class-IV employees as there are 87 in position against sanctioned strength of 151. In SMGS Hospital, there is shortage of 86 Paramedicals against sanctioned strength of 168, 96 Nursing staff against sanctioned strength of 374, 165 Class-IV employees against 334 and 31 Ministerial Staff in SMGS against sanctioned strength of 54. In Super Specialty Hospital there is shortage of 158 posts of Non-Gazetted Superior against sanctioned strength of 487,” he revealed.
Balvinder Singh urged the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Advisor to LG R R Bhatnagar to immediately fill these vacant posts for strengthening health services in Jammu so that confidence of public on working of GMC and Associated Hospitals can be restored.