Hospital services

Staffing crisis at Faridabad Civil Hospital, wards affected : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Faridabad, June 24

The district’s Bhadshah Khan Civil Hospital is one of the largest public hospitals in the state, but it faces severe staff shortages. The hospital sees more than 2,200 patients daily in the OPD.

“With the emergency or emergency OPD having only three doctors against the requirement of 12, the services have been badly affected. Around 400 patients present to the emergency OPD daily, but many times are referred elsewhere due to unavailability of medical specialists or treatment,” a hospital employee said.

According to official data, the hospital has 48 posted doctors against the sanctioned posts of 55.

The shortage of doctors, paediatricians, anesthetists and emergency doctors affects the functioning of the hospital.

A recent response from RTI revealed that 56% of doctor and nurse positions are vacant. In addition, there is a shortage of technical staff such as pharmacists, operating room attendants and technicians.

Meanwhile, the 96-bed special hospital, set up last year for Covid patients, has failed to get the required staff despite an increase in the number of active cases over the past week.

This hospital requires a staff of around 200 people, including 30 doctors, 40 nurses, 15 technicians and 35 assistants.

“While the hospital bed count has remained at 200 for more than two decades, the emergency room bed count is only 18,” said Satish Chopra, a social activist.

Dr Savita Yadav, chief medical officer, said the request for personnel had been submitted to the authorities.