Vacancy Hits Hospitals

Even as the State Government is claiming that it is committed to provide better healthcare to the people of Odisha, nearly 40 percent of the total approved doctor posts of various cadres in State-run hospitals are lying vacant.

Replying to a question filed by BJP MLA Dilip Ray, Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena informed that out of the 6,719 approved cadre doctor posts there are only 4,032 doctors available now, and 2,687 posts are still lying vacant.
Of these vacant posts, 1,216 posts belong to first class junior branch cadre, 624 to senior branch and 430 to joint director cadres, the Minister added. Besides 43 posts in first class selection grade, 373 in second class selection grade and one post in senior administrative grade are yet to be filled up, Jena told.
The minister said that steps are being taken by the State government and Chief District Medical Officers of the respective districts to fill up the vacant posts by selection through Public Service Commission, departmental promotion, and appointment through ad hoc and contractual basis. The health minister, however, failed to provide data on the vacant ayurvedic and homeopathic doctor posts.
In reply to yet another question put up by the senior BJP  legislator, minister Jena said that as many as 338 teaching and 518 non-teaching posts are vacant in SCB Medical and Dental College in Cuttack, MKCG in Berhampur, VIMSAR in Burla, Gopabandhu Ayurvedic College in Puri and different ayurvedic and homeopathic colleges in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Bolangir.
The minister did not provide any information on the sanctioned and vacant teaching and non-teaching posts in the newly opened medical colleges at Baripada and Koraput. Similarly, there is no clear data on the vacant posts in State-run nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy institutes.
Stating that 12,167 out of 53,894 posts sanctioned for the Health & Family Welfare Department are lying vacant as per the information provided by the Finance Minister, Ray urged the State government to fill up the vacant posts on a priority basis. 

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