600 new posts of doctor, teacher to ease waiting time at Chandigarh’s PGIMER
Apart from this, 300 technical posts have also been approved by the top academic body of the institute.Updated: Apr 30, 2018 12:16 IST
The waiting time at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will improve in a couple of years as the hospital’s institute academic committee (IAC) has approved 600 new posts of faculty and senior resident.
Apart from this, 300 technical posts have also been approved by the top academic body of the institute.
Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER, said, “The IAC has approved 250 faculty, 350 senior residents and 300 technical posts. Looking at the ever-increasing patient load, PGIMER needed more posts, as it’s crucial to ease the pressure on doctors.”
“Now, the matter will be taken up by the standing finance committee, before being forwarded to the governing body. Once cleared there, it will be sent to the Union ministry of health and family welfare and then to the Union ministry of finance. The entire process will take at least two years,” Dr Ram added. Currently, there are around 500 faculty and around 1,600 resident doctors at the premier health institute.
He said of the 600 new posts, 215 are of anaesthetist. These include 30-35 faculty, 58-60 senior residents and 120 junior residents. Currently, there are around 80 consultants and senior residents in the anaesthesia department, though the sanctioned strength is 90. At any given moment, there are 100 junior residents.
The director said, “The PGIMER needs more number of anaesthetists to improve the wait time for surgeries. The few operation theatres lying closed will become functional once we will have more staff.”
Currently, four operation theatres (OTs) in the New OPD are lying unused. Besides, some other OTs in other buildings are not being used for want of staff or equipment.
The waiting time of elective surgeries is between three to 18 months in the paediatrics department, three to five months in the urology department, three months to a year in cardiac department, and six to 12 months in general surgery.
“With the increase in the number of posts, the waiting time of surgeries will reduce. Quantity and quality of work will also improve. Doctors will be less burdened, and they will be able to focus more on research as well,” said Dr GD Puri, head, anaesthesia department.
Dr Chawla, Dr Varma named emeritus professors
The institute academic committee also approved the names of Dr YK Chawla, former director, PGIMER, and Dr S Varma, former dean and officiating director, PGIMER, for emeritus professor. “Their names will now be sent to the governing body for final approval,” said Dr Jagat Ram.