Srinagar: The state government’s hospitals and health centres have seen no recruitment of paramedical staff for several years. Hundreds of paramedics’ posts are lying vacant in several health institutions, as per official documents.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the shortage of paramedics has assumed alarming proportion, with an overall shortage of more than 2,700 paramedics.
“A huge number of posts sanctioned for paramedical staff in primary and community health centers have been lying vacant for many years. Hospitals are also falling short of thousands of paramedics as per the India Public Health Standards (IPHS),” sources in the health department said.
“The vacancies of paramedics have piled up to 617, including 399 posts of pharmacists, 107 radiographers and 92 lab technicians. As compared to other hospitals, the community health centres are facing a dismal situation,” sources said.
The figures mentioned in the documents have pointed out the dire need of 2,751 paramedics in Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres and other health centres.
As per the figures, 1,225 nurses are required in various healthcare institutions of J&K, 721 pharmacists and 721 lab technicians. The hospitals are also falling short of 84 radiographers.
“Most of the paramedics especially nurses are overburdened as they are made to work for long hours. The norms of Medical Council of India (MCI) are not fulfilled, which recommend one nurse for one patient in ICUs and one nurse for four patients in general wards,” said a senior administrator. “The government has not recruited paramedical staff for long. This has created a huge shortage even as tbe patient rush is increasing every day,” he said.