Shortage of doctors hits patient care in ESIC hospital, Dispensaries -
Shortage of doctors hits patient care in ESIC hospital, Dispensaries
Posted 14 Aug 2017 04:34 PM


The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has extended its network in all the district of State the already established hospital and dispensaries by ESIC in the state are facing acute shortage of manpower, especially the specialist doctors and General Duty Medical Officers .
Sources in state ESIC unit reveal that at present there was one 50 bedded hospital in Samba district and nine dispensaries running in state including two in district Kathua, three in Jammu district and four in Srinagar district but unfortunately all the dispensaries lack specialist doctors, resulting of which the patients are being forced to visit the lone hospital in Bari Brahamna area of Samba district for advance treatment.
Sources further said that the sanctioned strength of specialist doctors and General Duty Medical officer in Jammu and Kashmir were 12 and 33 respectively.
"Out of these sanctioned strength, only seven specialist doctors and 20 General Duty Medical Officer are available in these dispensaries and hospital and rest are remaining vacant since long times and the officials especially are seems least bothered to fill this post", sources said.
Moreover, in these hospital and dispensaries the union government has sanctioned 136 posts of nursing and paramedical staff, but ironically only 54 strength in position in different dispensaries of the state and remaining 82 are not filled by the government so far.
Sources further said that owing to non availability of sufficient staff and specialist doctors in these dispensaries, the dispensaries have become a referral unit from where everyday hundreds of patients are being referral to main hospital situated at Bari Brahamana in Samba district.

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