BMC faces staff shortage in peripheral hospitals, 190 nurse posts lying vacant


Even with the BMC attempting to strengthen its 16 peripheral hospitals, a large number of posts of nurses and paramedical staff continue to lie vacant here. A total of 190 nurse posts and 60 posts of X ray technicians, assistant X ray technicians, lab technicians and assistant lab technicians are yet to be filled at these hospitals.

"The posts have been lying vacant at the peripheral hospitals for several months now. Staff shortage is not seen in teaching hospitals because the dean ensures that all posts are filled. However, in peripheral hospitals, the medical superintendent doesn't have such authority. As a result, these hospitals are being neglected even though they get a bulk of the city's patient load," said BJP corporator Vinod Shelar, who recently brought up the issue in the civic general body meeting.

Shelar said one of the reasons that the posts are vacant is that they belong to the reserved category, which are not getting filled. "If reserved category posts are not getting filled, the general category posts need to be increased. On one hand people are scavenging for jobs and here posts are not getting filled. At the end of it all, it is the patients who suffer the most with sub-standard treatment," he said.

BMC Executive Health Officer Dr A Bamne, however, said the process of filling up the posts of the nursing staff is on the verge of completion. "We had extensively advertised for applicants a month ago and interviews for the same have already been conducted. The selection process is also complete; some paperwork is remaining and the staff is expected to join the peripheral hospitals from next week," he said.

"As far as filling up posts of lab technicians is concerned, the number was very meagre. That will be done soon," he added.

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