Two specialists working with Mumbai’s biggest tuberculosis (TB) hospital— the Group of TB Hospital (GTB), Sewri — have quit to join other hospitals.
GTB hospital, which is already grappling with a shortage of specialist doctors, is now facing a major staff crunch with a psychiatrist and a chest medicine specialist quitting.
In August, the hospital had appointed five psychiatrists and five chest medicine specialists to improve the quality of treatment at the hospital. However, six doctors, even after receiving the appointment letters, did not join the services. Sources said that majority of them feared contracting the infection and hence decided to not join.
About two weeks ago, two of the four specialists, who joined the hospital in August, quit. Now, the hospital, which had received sanction for five chest medicine specialists on contractual basis, is left with just two such doctors. Services of chest medicine specialists are essential in management of TB patients, especially those having drug resistant TB, said hospital sources.
“Only two psychiatrists, who were on the waiting list, had joined the hospital. We have five posts sanctioned for psychiatry and five for chest medicine doctors. We are trying to pursue doctors from the chest medicine speciality to join the hospital,” said Dr R Nanavre, medical superintendent, GTB Hospital.
“The problem of paucity of doctors will remain till permanent positions are created. How can the administration even think of treating so many TB patients with five-six specialists,” said a senior doctor at the hospital.
Dr Nanavre said that the hospital can demand for permanent posts only after doctors serve continuously for at least six months at the hospital.