Ailing health care: JK falling short of 1351 doctors, govt callous

Pardeep Singh Bali

Even when the number of unemployed youth is ever increasing in the Jammu and Kashmir, the state government seems hesitant to fill over 1351 vacancies of doctors in various government hospitals across the state.

According to the official data, Jammu and Kashmir is falling short of 1351 doctors, including senior consultants, professors and medical officers.

As per the data available with the Newspoint, around Government Medical College and hospital (GMC) Srinagar is short of 498 doctors, including Professors (35), Associate Professor (46), Assistant Professor (58), Lecturers (148), Registrars (78), Demonstrators (12), Assistant Surgeon (112), other doctors (5) and Medical Physicist (4).

Similarly, Government Medical College and hospital (GMC) Jammu is short of 267 doctors, including Professors (23), Associate Professor (34), Assistant Professor (42), Lecturers (64), Registrars (34), Demonstrators (22) and Assistant Surgeon/MO (48).

The situation at the premier hospital of the Kashmir valley, SKIMS Soura is also not different, wherein the hospital is falling short of over 185 doctors both in plan and non plan.

Among non-planned, the institute is short of six additional professors, 47 associate professors, 82 assistant professors, one associate professor/reader. While as in planned genre, the institute is falling short of six professors, four additional professors, four associate professors, 16 assistant professors, three associate professor/reader, six lecturers, five tutors, one each Gynecologist, Andrologist, Clinical Embryologist, counselor and programme coordinator, respectively.

The official data also revealed shortage of doctors at directorate of health services, including Jammu and Kashmir.

The directorate of health services Jammu is facing shortage of 279 doctors, including 10 senior consultants, 154 consultants, two DIOs, three BMOs, 85 medical officers and 25 dental surgeon.

Similarly directorate of health services Kashmir is facing shortage of 122 doctors, including one DHO, two BMOs, 14 senior consultants and 105 consultants.

A senior doctor wishing anonymity said that despite shortage of doctors and rising patient influx, the government is doing nothing in this regard.

“The government is creating infrastructure rapidly, but it is not concerned about the man power which is needed to operate this infrastructure. Youth is unemployed, but the government is not filling the vacant posts, which shows the intention of the government,” said doctor, “The government must be waiting for blue eyed candidates to approach them, so that in lieu of money, incompetent person may hold the coveted charges.”

When tried to contact minister of health-Bali Bhagat, he could not be reached.


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