19,000 candidates, who applied for jobs in CMCH, disappointed

LARKANA: The Sindh government has failed to grant permission to Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for recruiting 14 categories of vacant posts the advertisement of which was given in the newspapers on 22 November 2014.

These vacancies still exist from BPS-1 to 9 that include sanitary workers, gardeners, peon, watchmen, midwife, ward servants, cooks, drivers, junior clerks; X-Ray, Operation Theater & Lab Technicians, and dispensers. As many as 19,000 candidates had submitted their applications for the jobs.

CMCH authorities had constantly asked health department to issue permission for holding interviews, but nobody paid any heed towards it, resulting in massive shortage of paramedics, doctors and staff nurses.

It is the matter of concern that recently a ban was imposed on all kinds of recruitments vide letter dated August 26, 2015.

Meanwhile, hospital sources said that the permission for recruitment was not delayed because one political party wanted to get its workers employed in CMCH as per past practice as they have been given the lists of their favourite candidates. Even non-technical persons were appointed on technical posts due to which patients’ diagnostic process has been badly affected.

Hospital sources further revealed that a two-member committee was constituted by the retired Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Safiullah Abbasi consisting of one acting Chief CMO and Deputy Medical Superintendent, which after physical verification of all employees submitted him a detailed report that over 150 employees are either ghost, or absent from their government duties or they are just drawing monthly salaries regularly, but no action was taken due to political interference, sources disclosed.

These employees also include those who are still working with former MSes & at the residences of various political people. 130 employees were appointed from BS-1 to 11 during 2012, and most of them are closely related with the employees of the hospital, including sons, relatives and friends of serving doctors and paramedic association leaders. The 158 employees were appointed in 2008 from BS-1 to 15, and about 100 in 2010, sources revealed. Will the concerned higher authorities probe the matter sternly without loss of time.