The prestigious Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) needs at least 2,000 more nurses, and falls drastically behind when its sanctioned posts of nurses are compared with that of Delhi's All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Information obtained by Hindustan Times showed that the PGIMER has 1,693 sanctioned posts of nurses for its 1,948 beds, while AIIMS has 4,553 nurses for 2,328 beds.
PGIMER and AIIMS are being run on similar lines by the health ministry and enjoy the status of 'institute of national importance'.
The PGIMER Nurses' Welfare Association has been continuously pressing the institute's administration to recruit more nurses. The last time the instituted appointed more nurses was three years ago. "In the past three years, the institute has started Advanced Trauma Centre and added more beds to its existing capacity, but has not recruited nurses," said Lakhvinder Singh, president of PGIMER Nurses' Welfare Association.
The institute also has big expansion plans in the shape of various advanced centers and expansion of Nehru Hospital. The association claims that the situation is leading to more difficult working conditions for nurses and deteriorating patient care.
A source in the PGIMER administration revealed that now, following the demands of the association, PGIMER had started a process to recruit 1,200 more nurses.
Around a year and half ago, most nurses at the PGIMER had gone on a mass casual leave and demanded better working conditions. The strike had crippled health care services at the premier medical institute.
PGI 1948 1693
AIIMS 2,328 4,553