Sindh reluctant to fill vacancies of doctors

LARKANA: As many as 16 sanctioned posts of specialist cadre of basic pay scale-18 have been lying vacant in the largest teaching hospital of upper Sindh Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for long but the health department, government of Sindh, showing its traditional bad governance is not ready to fill them to facilitate poor patients.

Sources said out of 13 posts of Anaesthetists (11 posts of CMCH & one post of Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women) only two are filled and eleven are vacant. Out of two posts of Ophthalmologists only one is filled, out of four posts of Pathologists (3 of CMCH & one of SZHW) three are vacant. One post each of Surgical Specialist and Gynaecologist are also vacant.

CMCH has 1100 beds and Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women has 250 beds.

These posts are mentioned in all the budget books so far issued despite that health department has kept its eyes closed.

The CMCH authorities have been constantly writing to them for filling these posts through Sindh Public Service Commission but without result so far resulting loss of human lives.

It is also learnt that approximately 180 other doctors’ posts of various scales from BPS-17 to 20 have also not been filled which shows the negligence of the department in properly running the hospitals in the province.

Health Department has never officially issued statistics of hospitals as to how many patients were treated by each of them yearly, death, admission & LAMA ratio and other investigations from which assessment could be made about their annual performance despite the fact that statistical officers of BPS-17 are posted in every teaching hospital in Sindh.

As many as 90 posts of BPS-16 of Staff Nurses are also vacant in the hospital and one can easily understand the nursing care being provided to CMCH & SZHW patients as 136 is the number of sanctioned posts and only 46 are filled.

Due to dearth of nursing care and doctors, the enraged patients’ attendants usually resort to hooliganism during emergencies and the staff is always mercilessly beaten.

Because of shortage of pathologists and lab technicians the investigation reports are not relied upon by the professors and their juniors resulting wastage of patients’ time & wrong diagnosis.

The Sindh chief minister and other provincial ministers during visits to Larkana and upper Sindh always claim they are taking steps to improve healthcare delivery system for their voters, but sadly they have fail to smoothly run even one major hospitals of the area: CMCH Larkana.

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