STANDING ON CRUTCHES | Healthcare Hit: GMC Jammu facing faculty shortage

275 gazetted, non-gazetted posts lying vacant
File Photo of GMC Jammu
File Photo of GMC Jammu

Jammu: Government Medical College, Jammu is facing shortage of faculty members with as many as 275 gazetted and non-gazetted posts lying vacant there.

A response to a Right to Information Act (RTI) query has revealed that over 108 gazetted and 167 non-gazetted posts are lying vacant at GMC Jammu.

This information was provided by the hospital authorities under the RTI in response to an application filed by social activist M M Shujah.

As per the official data, 189 posts were sanctioned for Gazetted Superior, out of which only 81 posts have been filled till now, while 108 are lying vacant. The posts include that of Medical Superintendent, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturers, Registrar, Assistant Surgeon and many more.

Similarly, for the Non-gazetted Superior, at least 487 posts were sanctioned out of which 320 have been filled and 167 are still vacant. The posts include that of Pharmacist, Technical Supervisor, Urology Anesthesia, Bronchoscopy, Supervisor, Cardiographer, Statistical Officer, Medical Record Officer, Chief Lab Technician, Senior ECG Technician, Nursing Supervisor among others.

As per the official data, 3665 surgeries were performed at Government Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu between January 2022 and December 2022. Out of 3665 surgeries, 1672 were major and 1993 were minor surgeries.

In the same period 182 deaths were reported at Government Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu.

Last year, at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) Jammu, 1456 patients were admitted in the Urology department, while 675 were admitted in Nephrology department.

Like Jammu, many district and sub-district hospitals in Kashmir are still understaffed and vacancies have not been filled up thus puncturing the claims of authorities about strengthening the health care system.

Over 100 posts of doctors and 450 posts of paramedics are lying vacant in different district hospitals of Kashmir.

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