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Shortage of faculty members hits GMC Jammu

Last Updated on November 25, 2021 at 5:16 pm

Notwithstanding the tall claims of the government to ensure quality healthcare delivery system in the region, one of the premier health institutions catering to the patients in Jammu region, Government Medical College (GMC) is suffering from decreasing human resources.

As per reports, 405 sanctioned posts of faculty at different levels in GMC Jammu, almost 40 percent are still vacant. Moreover, several regular staff of major specialties is on adhoc senior positions in spite of availability of the vacancies.

Ortho, Gynecology, Medicine, Surgery, Microbiology, PSM are the most affected GMC Jammu departments due to alleged lackadaisical approach of administrative department.

Gynecology Department shall be left with only one Professor after December while Orthopedics is having two Professors only and no regular Associate and Assistant Professor, reportedly.

To an utter shock, there is no HoD in surgery department. It has 17 faculty members against the sanctioned posts of 29.

Talking about the department of Medicine it is having 15 faculty members against sanctioned 29 posts and is having only one Regular Professor who is going to attain age of superannuation next year.

Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Soodan admitted faculty deficit and consequent difficulties being faced in patient care. She further said that the process has already been initiated to engage 20 senior faculty members on academic arrangement and the selection list is likely to be released after completion of necessary formalities like CID verification etc. “Besides recently conducting DPC of 58 faculty members, 196 posts of Lecturers have been referred to the government and we are hopeful that with the completion of these processes, the issue of faculty deficit will be addressed to a large extent,” she added..