Civic hospitals across Maharashtra are unable to fill 50% of posts for doctors across all specialties, revealed a recent circular issued by the public health department of the state government.
The information came to light as officials were trying to ascertain the availability of doctors according to the number of beds across the state. A government resolution released on November 23, noted that the state ideally needs about 2,620 more doctors than the number of beds in civic hospitals. Of this, 1,019 posts are vacant.
The worst-affected specialty is anesthesia, in which 412 of 639 posts are vacant. It is followed by paediatrics (198 of 554) and obstetrician and gynaecology (172 of 585). The figures reveal that civic hospitals are facing a severe crunch of medical specialists.
Ironically, in some fields, civic hospitals have employed an excess number of doctors. The ENT department has hired 43 specialists, even though only 23 are needed, followed by pathology (40 hired for 30 posts) and dermatology (27 hired for 15 posts).
Officials said the list of 14 medical specialties and vacancies pay Rs6,600-Rs5,400 monthly. “The posts are for post-graduate and graduate medical students across the state. We have informed nodal officials from the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) to check the number of specialists needed at certain hospitals,” said an official from health department.
Keeping in mind the vacancies, the health department has instructed the DHS to send approvals for concerned hirings soon.