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Staff crunch: 40% docs’ posts ‘lying vacant’ in Tarn Taran govt hospitals

Out of total 48 sanctioned posts for medical officers, only 26 are filled.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2017 13:37 IST
Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma
Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
Staff crunch,doctors' posts vacant,Tarn Taran
Despite Tarn Taran getting district status in 2006, the Tarn Taran hospital got status of district level hospital (DLH) in 2013 (after seven years). (HT Photo)

Despite the government’s promise of providing high class health facilities to people, the state of health in the border belts of district reveals a different story.

As per a health department’s report, less than 60% doctors of the required staff are working to give health services in government health institutions (GHIs).

There are two civil hospitals in Tarn Taran and Patti, one sub-divisional hospital at Khadoor Sahib, five community health centres (CHC) and nine primary health centres (PHC) in the district. Despite good infrastructure, the GHIs are unable to provide good services to the patients owing of staff crunch.

Civil surgeon Dr Samsher Singh said, “We have been sending regular reports regarding staff shortage to the head office. Due to shortage of doctors, we are forced to manage with the present staff. The staff available is not enough to carry out the work on daily basis.”

Singh said, “There is no eye surgeon in the district. Only two gynecologists and two radiologists are working here.” As per information, there are 12 sanctioned posts for medical officers (MOs) in the district civil hospital but due to shortage of doctors only three have been filled and nine are still vacant since 5 -10 years. Due to staff shortage, poor families are forced to go to private hospital.

In Khadoor Sahib sub- divisional hospital, out of five sanctioned posts of MOs only two have been filled. In CHC Chabhal out of six, five posts are filled. The condition is the same across all GHIs of the district. Out of total 48 sanctioned posts of MOs, only 26 are filled in all GHIs.

Despite Tarn Taran getting district status in 2006, the Tarn Taran hospital got status of district level hospital (DLH) in 2013 (after seven years). Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government had spent Rs 8 crore on the construction of the DLH. Tarn Taran civil hospital records around 600 OPDs (outpatient department) daily but due to staff shortage, emergency patients are transferred to private hospitals. A surgeon, an MD, a radiologist, an eye specialist are among the eight doctors required in a DLHhospital.

Shiv Sena member Harjit Singh Heera said, “All political parties make fake promises before elections but after winning, they hardly bother about the difficulties people face.” A social worker Harikrishan Arora said, “All the government hospitals are turning into abandoned buildings due to government’s poor policies. ”

He alleged that the district’s GHIs were famous for only making medico legal reports (MLR) only. For providing benefits to the private institutions, government is deliberately not recruiting the staff in government hospitals, he said.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 13:36 IST