Many posts in government hospitals still lie vacant as the shortage of manpower continues to compromise healthcare for weaker sections of society.
Story so far: Recent inspections by the Karnataka Lokayukta revealed that while there were many vacant posts at hospitals, no concrete steps have been taken to fill them up. Overworked healthcare workers and delayed service is negatively impacting the quality of healthcare for the poor people in the city.
- Dr BL Sujatha Rathod, director of medical education, is in charge of most of the government hospitals.
- She stated that the vacancies would be filled soon. She also noted that more posts need to be sanctioned with the increase of sub-specialities over time.
Sad state of affairs: Vani Vilas Women and Children Hospital has 18 of the 77 sanctioned posts of doctors vacant. At Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, 9 of the 17 sanctioned doctors’ posts and 238 of the 299 non-teaching posts were vacant. At Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics, 437 posts were vacant.