HC seeks status of vacant medical officers’ posts by July 23

SRINAGAR: The J&K high Court on Monday directed government to file report about the number of vacancies of medicos in district hospital and primarily health centres in the state.
The direction by a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi followed submissions by Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal Ganie, seeking time file the report about the vacancy position
“There are 36 medical officers positioned and 76 others are vacant in Udhampur but due to Eid, details with regard to other health institutes across the state could not be collected,” Ganie said.
The advocate general said that 805 medical officers including 371 medical officers and registrars have been referred to recruitment agencies. For collecting information with regard to the vacancies, he sought further time from the bench.
Subsequently, the court posted the case,—a suo-moto public interest litigation—on July 23.
Last week, taking serious note of functioning of Health and Medical Education Department, the court had directed the advocate general to file a status report, indicating the sanctioned strength of doctors and paramedical staff in each district hospital and primary health centres of the State as also details of doctors and paramedical staff actually working and number of vacant posts.
The court had directed that Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Department to submit the report today (July 20).
The court had cognizance of news report, highlighting problems facing the people in Udhampur due to the absence of doctors and other paramedical staff in the hospitals.