At least 37% of medical teachers posts at three BMC-run medical colleges-cum-tertiary hospitals — KEM, Nair and Sion — are lying vacant, according to data obtained through right to information (RTI) applications by Praja Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
Of the 1,117 posts of medical teachers including professors, associate professors and lecturers at the three hospitals, 414 are lying vacant.
Vacancies among teaching staff were high compared to those among nursing staff and labourers. The data also reveals vacant posts in administrative medical posts, including those of the hospital dean, deputy and assistant deans and medical officers. KEM Hospital has most of its posts vacant (63%), followed by Nair (61%) and Sion (58%).
“The hospitals are major tertiary facilities. Shortage of staff will affect patient care,” said Milind Mhaske, project director, Praja Foundation.
“Medical teachers are expected to run the out-patient department, conduct surgeries and teach undergraduate and postgraduate students. Any vacancy hampers patient care,” concurred a senior civic doctor.
However, Dr Suhasni Nagda, director of the three hospitals, said: “According to the data I have, of 1,240 posts of medical teachers, only 90 are vacant. We are currently filling them. Posts of associate professors are vacant owing to a pending court matter. This data [that of Praja Foundation] might also include vacant posts of resident doctors, which is why they got such numbers.”