Blame game between the UT’s health department and engineering department, no funds to recruit doctors, quashing of tenders floated to appoint 118 paramedical staff are some of the factors causing undue delay in inauguration of the much-awaited 50-bedded civil hospital in Sector 45.
While the residents of southern Chandigarh are waiting for the inauguration, there is no clarity as to when the building would be ready for inauguration. Though the chief engineer informed the work was completed three months ago, the health officials say the work is yet to be completed.
“The parking is not ready yet, there are no wash-basins in the washrooms, apart from another pending work that needs to be completed. Moreover, the engineering department has not handed over the completion report as of now,” said a senior health department official.
However, SK Chadha, UT chief engineer, denied the allegation regarding the incomplete work at the hospital saying “the engineering department had completed the work three months ago. I had personally requested the health authorities to inaugurate the work but they are not doing so as they, themselves, are not ready.”
There are other issues causing delay in the inauguration, he added. It has been learnt that under the National Health Mission (NHM), interviews have been conducted and 15 doctors have been zeroed in, but recruitments have not been done so far; reason being that the NHM does not have funds to pay salaries to these doctors.
“We are waiting for the sanction of grants from the Central government, and have not received the funds yet, which is the reason no recruitments — despite conducting interviews — have not been done so far,” said a senior NHM official.
The interviews have been conducted for the posts of anaesthetist (1), surgeons (2), orthopaedicians (2), physician (1), radiologist (1), lady medical officers (4) and emergency medical officers (4).
Besides, the health department has not been able to recruit paramedical staff. In the past three months, the tenders were floated twice but were cancelled due to technical glitches. “We had floated tenders for the appointment of 118 supporting staff, but those were to be quashed due to some technical glitches,” confirmed a senior health official.
Director health services Dr VK Gagneja said, “On Monday, all issues will be discussed with the UT health secretary. The hospital will be inaugurated in December.”