The Haryana health department has transferred 19 doctors from Panchkula General Hospital in Sector 6, adding to the woes of the institute, which is already reeling under staff shortage.
According to the orders, 440 medical officers and 42 senior medical officers have been transferred across the state, out of which 19 doctors are from Panchkula General Hospital, including three senior medical officers.
Dr Veena Singh, principal medical officer, Panchkula General Hospital, said: “We are already struggling with inadequate employees and the recent transfers have worsened the situation. The hospital cannot function in such a scenario. I have highlighted the matter before the senior officials and we hope it is taken into notice.”
There was 67 doctors for 14 healthcare services in the 300-bedded hospital. Out of the 19 doctors transferred, six are from the emergency ward, leaving it with only two doctors.
“Emergency will be the most affected. We need at least 10 doctors in the emergency ward, now we are left with only two. The staff is already over-burdened,” said Dr Singh.
The authorities highlighted that the hospital is also running a fever OPD for patients of dengue and malaria in the season and it will be affected, too.
The department of orthopaedics has been left with only one doctor. The gynecology OPD, which witnesses a rush of more than 200 patients daily, is left with only three doctors, one of whom is on deputation. At present, there is only one physician.
The number of patients visiting the Panchkula General Hospital has doubled ever since it was upgraded into a 300-bedded institute.
More than 88,000 patients visit the hospital OPD every month, which has increased from 42,000 two years ago, while the number of patients treated in the IPD services has increased from 7,200 to 8,400 in the past two years.
The health department has not sent any doctor on duty to the Panchkula General Hospital. While few of the doctors were transferred to the Director General Health Services office, others were sent to Kurukshetra, Chandigarh, Yamunanagar and Fatehabad.