PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL GURUGRAM
In earlier story we have discussed as how acute shortage of doctors and other staff in Govt. run Hospitals in Gurugram, known as millennium city of the country is hampering patients .Now a survey has revealed that the problem of shortage of doctors is not only confined to Gurugram but it is spread all over the state .Even a curious reading of daily newspapers will prove this .
Haryana Govt. did not have land for opening of a trauma center on National Highway at Gurugram .Situation is critical even in Ambala , home district of firebrand , Health Minister,Anil Vij. Problem has assumed alarming proportions in remote areas of Rawari, Nuh, Mewat and Mohindergarh. Doctors do not want to serve in rural areas. This is despite the fact that state government gives weightage to those who had served in rural areas for admission in prestigious M.D and M.S courses. State is facing acute shortage of doctors but to speak of specialists . In lack of medical services at Govt. run hospitals there have been mushroom growth of private clinics and labs across the state. Private lab and diagnostic centers are also coming due to lack of facilities in Govt. hospitals Shockingly the authorities are fudging the date to show that there is no shortage of doctors..Reports from Rohtak suggests that those doctors who had resigned from the job are also shown as working, Absentee doctors are also shown on duty. In Meham town of Rohtak district there are as many as eleven sanctioned posts of medical officers but only six are shown on record. Out of them three are absent since years and one is on deputation.
Rohtak district had sanctioned strength of 131 doctors and at present only 93 are working .About a dozen doctor had either resigned or are absent from the service.
Even in Ambala, home town of health minister, Anil Vij neither there is radiologist or a psychiatrist . A large number of posts of medical offices is lying vacant. At Civil Hospital Ambala as many 20 out of 55 sanctioned posts of medical officers are vacant. At Ambala cant Hospitals as many 22 posts of sanctioned 42 posts are lying vacant. Some time back a senior officer of health department had publicly admitted that they are helpless as influential doctors get their transfers cancelled by using their influence, In Narayangarh hospital as may nine out of sanctioned a dozen posts are lying vacant , There is no radiologist .Due to Shortage of gynecologists , even deliveries are affected.
In Panipat district many posts of lab technicians and staff nurses are lying vacant. A large number of Primary Health Centers and Community Health Centers working without adequate staff . Panipat falls on national highway. Due to lack of trauma facilities, accident victims are often referred to P.G. I, Rohtak. Situation is not good even in P.G.I. Rohtak. Here senior doctors are involved in litigation against each other.
Hisar also does not have adequate facilities. Poor infrastructure at Civil Hospital is adversely affecting medical services.
Operation theatre set up over two years ago is non functional in absence of transformer. Eighteen bedded neonatal intensive care unit although equipped with latest equipment is not working due to shortage of medical and technical staff .There is shortage of staff in gynecology ward also.
At P.G.I. Rohtak sometime back, Dr. Parveen Malhotra was removed from the post of Nodal officer of the state governments, Hepatitis C Project. Dr. Malhotra, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at the PGIMS, Rohtak, had been working as the Nodal Officer of the Hepatitis C Jeevan Rekha Project since its beginning in August, 2013.He has alleged conspiracy behind his removal. He has now again been appointed as nodal officer of the project. Dr. Malhotra has filed police case against half a dozen senior doctors of P.G.I .Rohtak.