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Govt urged to recruit doctors, staff for upcoming maternity hospital.

While under-construction maternity hospital at Bemina here is nearing completion, the state government hasn’t started process for recruitment of staff including doctors and paramedics for the 250-bedded hospital.

An official in health and medical education said though Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, under which the hospital would function, has repeatedly written to the government seeking sanction of the posts for running the upcoming facility, there has been no response from the government.

Work on the hospital was started seven years ago, in 2011, with an aim to share patient load at Lal Ded Hospital and set up an alternative tertiary care maternity facility in Kashmir.Another senior official said though there should have been “some progress” made in recruitment of human resource, he however rued government’s apathy.

At present, Lal Ded, the lone maternity hospital in the Valley, is already facing acute shortage of hands as staff positions at all levels is inadequate.

This dearth of staff got aggravated when the hospital was expanded with addition of 200-beds in 2014. That time no additional staff was allocated to the hospital, said the official.

A senior doctor said the expansion in infrastructure without recruitment of required manpower had an impact on patient services as the existing doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedic staff was spread to a larger work area.

“If four years ago, we had three nurses for a single ward, this expansion left us having only two nurses for each ward,” the doctor said. “Ultimately, it is the patient care that takes a hit,” the doctor said.Many doctors at Lal Ded said the government should first creation and recruitment of the staff for Bemina 250-bedded maternity hospital on priority.

“If the building is ready, the government should by now have advertised the post,” a senior doctor said. “Where are the doctors who would run this hospital?” the doctor asked.Commissioner/secretary health and medical education Atal Dulloo said they would recruit new staff as and when the hospital becomes functional.  “We are aware of the fact that we cannot stretch our existing pool of gyneacologists,” he said. “A proposal for enhancement of the staff is under consideration. We are at it.”

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