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Absence of specialized doctors adversely affects public healthcare in J&K’s Kathua

Last Updated on June 3, 2022 at 10:55 am

Absence of specialized staff and doctors are adding to woes of people in newly established Government Medical College Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua. The shortage of specialized doctors has irked people as they are facing lot of problems.

Many departments are working with less than 50 percent manpower which has badly hit the healthcare system. Many posts of Professors and Associate Professors of some major departments are still vacant, while junior most doctors (Assistant Professors) are being forced to run the departments in absence of Professors and Associate Professors. As per Daily Excelsior, Principal of the College many times have written to higher authorities to fill these posts for the smooth functioning of the departments, but no step has been taken yet.

In Medicine, only one post of Professor is filled, while all the posts of Associate Professors are lying vacant. However, presently the department has three Assistant Professors posts against the four sanctioned posts but all of them have applied for General Medicine in the AIIMS Jammu. In Anesthesiology, the Professor post is occupied, while one post of Associate Professor is vacant against the two posts. However, three posts of Assistant Professors are fulfilled but one Assistant Professor has been selected for GMC Jammu and the post is also likely to fall vacant in near future, while all the eight posts of Senior and Junior Residents are also lying vacant. In Pediatrics, against the sanctioned strength of 13 posts, an Associate Professor is heading the department along with two Assistant Professors and one Registrar while other posts of Seniors and including Professors are lying vacant. Many posts in various other departments are lying vacant, reportedly.