Authorities reluctant to fill 800 posts of doctors

KARACHI: About 800 general cadre doctors were retired from their posts in last one year and health department Sindh seems to be reluctant to fill those vacant posts, it was learned on Tuesday.

A senior official of health department Sindh on condition of anonymity said about 800 general cadre doctors had been retired from their posts in one year. He said about 600 doctors of grade-18 and 200 doctors of grade-19 had been retired from their posts in last one year. He said about 200 more general cadre officers of grade-18 are going to be retired in upcoming months. He said due to the delay in promotions, a significant number of posts of doctors is lying vacant in various healthcare institutions.

Sources said no departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting was held since last one year to promote general cadre doctors of grade- 17 in next grades. He, however, said meeting for promotions of grade-18 doctors could not took place since last two years. He said authorities called DPC meeting twice for promotion of doctors but later postponed it due unknown reasons.

Sources said the delay in promotions, shortage of staff and non-appointment of doctors on vacant posts had badly affected the performance of health department and healthcare institutions in Sindh province.

Secretary Health Sindh Iftikhar Shalwani, when contacted, said Departmental Promotion Committee meeting would be held soon for promotions of doctors. He said all the vacant posts of officers would be filled on merit

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