Around 43% doctors in Haryana civil hospitals are not available for patient care.
The data of a recent internal survey of the health department accessed by the Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS) Association reveals a worrying condition of the state’s healthcare.
The data reveals that of the 3,228 sanctioned posts of civil surgeons and medical officers, only 1,769 are actually working for patient care.
The rest of the doctors are on long leave or have gone on to pursue PG courses, or are on deputation or have resigned.
The crunch has also hit specialists at these civil hospitals, where out of 794 posts, only 620 are actually working in the state. To make the matters worse, only 552 of these 620 doctors are on active medical duty, while the remaining hold administrative positions in the department.
The HCMS Association, however, claims the number of doctors available for patient care is even less and its blames the government for the shortage.
“These figures are just on papers. The actual reality will be even worse. The government has not revised the cadre as per the increasing population, due to which the doctors are flooded with patients. We are not able to give quality treatment to anyone,” said, Dr Sheel Pajni, the vice-president of the association.
The data also reveals that the state is short of primary as well as community health centres (PHCs and CHCs). For 165 CHCs required, the state has only 119, and as against the required 550 PHCs, the state has only 486.
The association said the shortage was due to government’s unwillingness to give good salaries to specialist doctors.
“No one wants to join the services in Haryana because they can get more money in private hospitals or in other states,” Dr Pajni said.
The association has also threatened to launch a stir if their demands, including special packages for doctors and salary at par with Delhi government hospitals, were not met by the end of the current month.