The district-level civil hospital at Faridkot, which was already functioning with 50 beds instead of sanctioned strength of 100 and was facing shortage of doctors and paramedical staff, has further taken a hit with the transfer of six medical specialists.
Sources said there are 26 posts of specialist doctors in the hospital but it was making do with only 16 medical specialists. With the transfer of six specialists, the hospital has been left with 10 doctors.
The OPD services at the medical and some other specialties got badly affected on Wednesday after the transfer of the doctors.
"The services have been badly affected at the civil hospital. Instead of providing at least two doctors in each specialty, the government has left only one in many specialties with an aim to make up for the shortage of doctors," said sources.
"Now there is only one anaesthesia expert in the hospital and it would be very difficult to handle emergency cases round the clock. Similar is the situation at the medicine and eye departments besides others. Faridkot has also a modern jail with the capacity of nearly 2,100 inmates and the civil hospital also caters to the needs of the prisoners," claimed sources.
Two dialysis machines are also lying unused because of the shortage of the staff for about a year.
"The transfers have been made without any consultation with the district heads of the health department. Faridkot district was already facing shortage of doctors and paramedical staff but now the situation will deteriorate further," added sources.
The district hospital could also not utilise its new building properly meant for the paediactrics and gynaecology departments and was waiting for more staff for the past some time. The newly-built building is being used below capacity as due to the shortage of infrastructure and staff, it could not be properly used, sources claimed.
The doctors are also not happy with the transfer move and may tender their resignation, it is learnt.
Dr Baldev Singh Sahota, civil surgeon, Faridkot, said, "There is a shortage of staff and the functioning at OPD has been affected, but the decision has been taken at the government level. We are trying our best to give medical services to patients."