Jammu: The Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu as well as its Super Specialty Hospital are presently facing shortage of faculty and other staff which is badly affecting its patients.
According to a leading daily, the State Government for years together has failed to fill up the vacant posts in the GMC despite knowing entirely that Medical College Jammu is always overburdened with the rush of patients. Due to shortage of doctors, the doctors on duty are unable to cope up with the patients and as a result, they fail to attend them properly which often leads to clash between attendants of patients and doctors.
Moreover, shortage of faculty in the key departments is also a blatant violation of the standing rules of Medical Council of India (MCI).
The report further said over 30 percent posts of Associate Professors, 50 percent posts of Assistant Professors, 40 percent posts of Lecturers and 20 percent posts of Registrars are presently lying vacant in the GMC Jammu and despite the public outcry successive Governments took no pains in filling up the same.
To be more precise, out of 62 posts of Associate Professors in various faculties, only 44 are functioning at present while rest are vacant. Likewise out of 75 sanctioned Assistant Professors posts in the college, 38 are functioning at present while rest are vacant. Most importantly, out of 121 sanctioned posts of Lecturers in the GMC Jammu, only 78 are functioning while rest are vacant.
The College has also a sanctioned strength of 119 Registrars in various departments, out of which 95 are working and rest are vacant. Besides in super specialty Hospital, the Government has created 250 posts for nurses out of them 177 are working while the rest are vacant.
The Neurosurgery and Neurology departments in GMC are totally defunct as posts of Professors, Associate Professors are absolutely lying vacant in the two departments. Even in Urology Department the posts of Professor and Associate Professor are lying vacant.
In Nephrology department the post of Professor is lying vacant as one senior doctor who was working as the Professor Nephrology in Super Specialty Hospital has been posted in Medicine Department as professor recently. This Department is also virtually defunct as posts of Associate as well as Assistant professors are also lying vacant.