Staff shortages and unavailability of doctors plague Odisha hospitals – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

JAGATSINGHPUR: Not only vacancies but unavailability of doctors has crippled health services in government hospitals, fueling resentment among residents of Jagatsinghpur district. Sources said that no less than 22 of the 66 sanctioned medical positions are vacant at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), except for 89 vacant positions at other Community Health Centers (CHCs) and centers. Primary Health Care (PHC).

In most CHCs, vacancies for pediatricians, gynecologists and medical specialists force patients to resort to private hospitals, or worse, quacks. At DHH, there are also allegations that out of 24 hours, patients can only get eight to 10 hours of free pathology lab services due to inadequate lab technicians and the absence of a single pathologist. .

The radiologist position is also not staffed, which prevents patients from having X-ray and ultrasound examinations. Apart from vacancies, sources say most of the counters in Niramaya do not have adequate medical supplies, which affects poor patients. The scenario in CHCs is similar. For example, in Redhua CHC under Raghunathpur block, there are three doctors against a sanctioned staff of six, but they are said to have been irregular in performing their duties.

In their absence, the AYUSH doctors take care of the patients and also prescribe allopathic medicines. The matter arose during the recent visit of the CHC Superintendent and the show cause notice served on the three doctors for dereliction of duty.

This, according to locals, runs counter to claims to provide free health care to the poor. When contacted, District Chief Medical Officer Khetrabasi Dash confessed to medical personnel vacancies within DHH. “There is a shortage of lab technicians, radiologists and doctors at DHH. We have informed our superiors of the situation and the necessary measures will be taken,” he said.

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