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Govt hospitals in urban, rural areas face acute shortage of doctors, paramedics
4/19/2017 11:06:04 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Apr 19: Though tall claims are being made by the government about bringing spectacular change in the health system, yet the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in urban and rural areas is assuming alarming proportions.
Sources within the health department told Early Times that hospitals in urban as well as rural areas continue to face acute shortage of doctors and paramedics with hundreds of posts lying vacant, thereby adversely affecting the delivery of patient care services.
Sources said that the staff deficit continues to hit health care in the rural areas, especially in the hilly areas in Jammu, which lack dependable health care services due to inadequate number of doctors and infrastructure. "The subsequent governments have failed to fix the ailing health sector - the brunt of which is being primarily faced by the people in rural areas in Jammu" said a doctor.
"Most of the district hospitals have become referral hospitals, while the Government Medical College Hospitals have been flooded with patients from other districts and the hospital administration is facing extreme hardships in providing better healthcare facilities to all the patients", sources said.
Sources said that the situation is worst in the hospitals at some district headquarters and in remote areas where vacancies of doctors are ranging between 50%.
The prevailing scenario vis-à-vis availability of doctors can be gauged from the figures which reveal that the doctor-patient ratio in Jammu Kashmir is 1:1880 against the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) of 1:1000.
Sources said that the Department of Health and Medical Education has also failed to provide sufficient manpower in the Government Medical Colleges and Super Specialty Hospitals, which otherwise remain first priority for specialized treatment for the patients from any part of the State.
"Every time when the issue of shortage of manpower is raised at any forum the ball is put in the court of recruiting agencies-Public Services Commission and Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, but no serious efforts were ever made to exert pressure on these recruiting agencies to expedite the recruitment process so that real objective and vision of the Health and Medical Education Department is achieved", sources remarked.
One of the senior government officials told Early Times that the efforts are on to tackle the problem.
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