Barring Ladakh, over 1300 medical officers’ posts vacant in JK: Govt tells HC

Srinagar: There are over 1300 vacancies of medical officers in Jammu and Kashmir excluding Ladakh, state government informed J&K high court on Thursday.
As the hearing in a public interest litigation started before a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi, Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganai informed the court that there are 498 ‘actual’ vacancies of medical officers in district hospital and primarily health centres in Kashmir region.
“In all, there 1999 posts of medical officers and 1486 stand in position in Kashmir. While as the difference (read vacancies) comes to 513, there are 498 actual vacancies as other stand filled up in terms of NHRM scheme,” Ganai, assisted by deputy advocate general Shah Amir, informed the court.
In Jammu, he said, 870 medical officers’ posts are vacant. 76 of them are vacant in Udhampur district alone.
Regarding Ladakh region, Ganai sought time to furnish details regarding the vacancy position of the medical officers.
The court accepted his prayer and posted the case for further consideration on ensuing Thursday.
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 was hearing a PIL based on its cognizance of news report, highlighting problems facing the people in Udhampur due to the absence of doctors and other paramedical staff in the hospitals.