Already reeling under acute staff shortage, mass transfers of medical officers may cripple emergency services at Government Medical College and Rajendra Hospital here, besides adding to woes of the hospital authorities, who are already facing a tough time in the acute shortage of senior residents.
In a fresh development, the Punjab health department has transferred 40 medical officers working at Patiala and Amritsar medical colleges to various hospitals and dispensaries. Of the total transferred, 23 medical officers have been working at the medical college in Patiala.
The health department has taken the decision of transferring medical officer owing to the shortage of specialist medical officers at other hospitals and dispensaries.
Some departments like emergency and casualty, blood bank, cardiology, newer units of medicine and surgery will be majorly affected, as there will be hardly any doctor, except the teaching faculty, to examine the patients.
Noteworthy, citing shortage of senior residents and other expertise, the Medical Council of India (MCI) in March refused to give its nod to a proposal seeking to increase seats in postgraduate courses at the medical college.
The move may further damage the college’s prospects increase seats in MBBS courses, as the MCI had recently conducted inspections.
Reacting to transfer of medical officers, Dr BS Sohal, general secretary of the Punjab Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA) said the condition was going to be worse due to large number of retirement of doctors — 14 doctors had already been superannuated since January, while 45 more will be retiring in the coming session.
Principal of the college Dr KD Singh said junior doctors had been deputed at the place of medical officers in emergency, as former were competent enough to deal with serious cases.