Govt curtails GMC funding

With 10 Crore Liability, College Gets Peanuts For 2012-13

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Oct 23: While the Government Medical College Srinagar is stressed with a liability of Rs 10 crores, the J&K Government has allocated a meager amount of Rs 5.62 crores for the premier health institution for the financial year 2012-13.
 Sources told Greater Kashmir that the funds were allocated for the purchase of medicines and other essential items without any additional allocation to clear the liability.
 “GMC caters to thousands of patients every month and is not happy with the allocations this financial year,” they said. “The issue of funds liabilities and the subsequent problems due to shortage of funds figure in every review meeting of the Health and Medical Education Department. Recently this issue was discussed with the Government at the bureaucratic as well as political level, including with the concerned ministers. But nothing substantiate has came out at the end.”
 Official data indicates that the budget for the premier hospital has remained same for the past six years despite huge cost escalations of drugs and other equipment.
 Under the total budget allocation, which is not more than Rs 6 crores, the hospital has to bear the expenses on purchase of life-saving drugs, equipments, dressing material, betadin, anti-rabies vaccines, fluid; purchases in blood bank, microbiology, pathology and ABG kits and X-ray films which are of immense requirement in emergency cases.
 “The Rs 10 crore liabilities have to be cleared from the present allocation, thus putting further cap on the purchases,” said a senior medico, wishing anonymity.
 Sources said that fund release has already been a delayed exercise as the state’s annual plan was finalized in June. And so far, they said, only half of the funds have been released.
 In the recent past, patients have repeatedly complained that they are made to purchase basic items from the market as the hospital faces shortage of items.
 As per the government data, in 2002-03, the allocation for purchase of drugs and instruments in the GMC was Rs 4.4 crores and the same was increased to Rs 4.7 crores in 2004-05.  In the year 2005- 06 it received Rs 5.56 crores and in the following year 2006-07 it got Rs 5.40 crores. In 2007-08 Rs 5.54 crores were allocated to the hospital while in 2008-09 and 2009-10 the figure stands at Rs 5.5 crores and Rs 5.4 crores respectively.
 “There has been cost escalation of all essential items in the past few years. That should have been taken into account while allocating the budget,” said another doctor.
 When contacted the Principal GMC Prof Rafiq Pampori said that he has nothing to do with the purchases and it is the purchase or planning section to answer the queries. “You better ask them about the issue as they deal with it,” he told Greater Kashmir.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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