Towards Better Healthcare

Career Advancement & Higher Education for Paramedical Staff


The Government Medical College Srinagar/Jammu is under the Ministry of J&K Medical education department civil secretariat J&K.  The GMC Srinagar is associated with state referral hospital SMHS and nine different hospitals (Bone & Joint, LD Gynae & Obsterict, Chest Disease, GB Panth Children, Psychiatric etc.) in Kashmir division. Same is the case with Government Medical College & SMGB Hospitals Jammu.
Recently, the J&K Medical education department civil secretariat Jammu has issued a notification to amend J&K Medical Gazetted Rule Service 1979, by virtue of which lecturer working in Govt. Medical Colleges get promoted to Professor in a period of 9-10 years. This is a good news for teaching staff for both Medical colleges. But these GMCs are not involved in teaching alone, they are associated with many hospitals of the state where thousands of patients get treated. And only medicos do not run these hospitals. But, they are aided by trained Paramedical Staff working day and night. The Government is ignoring their service to patients. No one in the state is appreciating there role. No medal are given to these  paramedics who take care of patients and help doctors.
In the past Paramedicos were less qualified. Today we have Graduates, Diploma holders, and Post Graduates serving our hospitals. Still older rules are followed and no review is done. Paramedicos with 10+2/B.SC in Science and two year diploma recruited from JKSSRB, still get salary in the grade of 5200-20200-Grade pay 2400. Whereas, technical staff of handicrafts, industries and junior engineers,  matric with diploma, are being paid salary in the grade of 9300-34800-4200. Concerned authorities in medical education department and finance need to think about it. Paramedicos are working round the clock and are highly educated and trained. Today, highly educated medicos with qualification MD/MS/DM are not able to treat the patients without proper diagnosis. For that he comes to a conclusion after, taken into account the clinical tests done on the patients from the laboratories of pathology, biochemistry, hematology, microbiology, histopathology etc. So the technologists should be highly educated, qualified and trained in their field or allied health science. They should be able to handle today’s sophisticated automatic technology. Our hospital laboratories are also advancing day by day in high-tech machinery and automation. Our diagnostic laboratories are wholly dependent on robotic automatic analyzers, thermal cyclers, immunology, pathology, hematology, biochemistry analyzers, which are highly programmed. So our Lab Technologists should possess computer and subject information as well. For that, our medical lab technologists/paramedicals should be given chance to go for higher education or even doctoral-programmes like the medicos. This will be a step in career advancement for paramedical in-service staff of hospitals.   Also, our medical colleges and hospitals of state should start a programme by virtue of which paramedicals are sent to reputed hospitals, where they are exposed to modern technology. This will lead to enhancement of their skills. Our  SKIMS, Soura, has already started career advancement programme, where paramedicals are being educated inside and even they are selected for doctoral programmes, those who are eligible and already highly qualified.
We are bringing high technology to our hospital but till we upgrade our staff in education this will benefit little. Paramedicals are the backbone of hospitals. We are dreaming of GMCs getting AIIMS status. For that we need highly qualified paramedical staff. We are starting super-specialty hospitals, it will benefit little till we have highly qualified paramedicos who can work well with super-specialists.
Policy makers, administrators of hospitals and civil society should think on this. If they find this suggestion good, they should accept it for the patients and health care. If Government can amend rules for medicos, same should be done for paramedicals of both medical education and health department.
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Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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