SEVERAL MONTHS after being upgraded to a 300-bedded hospital, the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, is yet to complete its sanctioned strength of doctors, with as many as 26 posts of doctors still lying vacant.
The hospital was upgraded to 300 beds last year, after an announcement by Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij. There are a total of 100 posts of doctors, out of which only 74 posts are filled. A few doctors were called on deputation from Ambala.
“We had adequate strength of staff, but with hospital’s upgradation to 300 beds, the workload has increased. Over 3,000 patients visit the OPD daily while the rush in the emergency department has risen too. The posts will be filled soon and the issue is being taken up,” said principal medical officer Dr Veena Singh.
As per the data, apart from medical officers, the hospital has 153 sanctioned posts of staff members, out of which 63 posts are vacant. The problem is aggravated with an increase in the number of patients over the last two years. As many as 88,235 patients visited the OPD in May while 9,550 were treated in IPD in the same month.
According to the authorities, there are a large number of cases pertaining to physician, but at present there are only two physicians against the requirement of at least six posts. In the pharmacy unit, only 12 posts are filled against a total of 20 seats.
There are as many as 14 medical specialties in the hospital, namely medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, paediatrics, chest/TB, psychology, eye/ENT, diagnostic imaging, AYUSH, District Early Intervention Centre, Dietetics and Cancer Care.
According to the hospital authorities, the gynaecology department which witnesses a rush of over 5,500 patients in a month is reeling under staff shortage. As per requirement, there should be at least 10 doctors. However, currently, there are only five doctors. Over 400 child deliveries take place every month, apart from over 100 caesarian operations.
Among other departments, the radiology department has been functioning with only one radiologist.