300-bed Baramulla hospital has staff only for 100 beds

Baramulla: The 300-bed District Hospital Baramulla is reeling under acute shortage of staff, with the patients that visit the hospital daily facing immense difficulties.
The hospital is facing shortage of doctors, paramedics, and class IV employees. As per the official records available with Kashmir Reader, the hospital has 263 sanctioned posts out of which 80 are vacant. The hospital, however, needs 606 more posts in various departments to cater to the huge rush of patients it receives every day.
The present staff strength of the hospital corresponds to its previous status of being just 100 bed. But the increase in its capacity to 300 beds has necessitated an increase in manpower by at least three times.
As per the official document, the hospital needs 66 consultants. But it only has 22 sanctioned posts, with only 13 consultants in place. Similarly the dental section of the hospital is short of nine dentists.
The hospital, in its current status, needs 129 more MBBS medical officers, 354 paramedical staffers, and 195 class IV employees to cater to the huge inflow of patients. On similar lines, the hospital also needs more senior consultants, senior consultant surgeons, blood bank officers, and other staff members.
A doctor posted at the hospital said that the District Hospital Baramulla it is a herculean task to cater to the huge rush of patients without adequate staff.
“We receive at least 1,800 to 2,200 patients every day, seven days a week. And most of them are women with gynaecological issues. There are only three gynaecologists available for hundreds of patients. There should, at least, be 12 such doctors attend to the patients properly. There are only 20 nurses for 300 beds while the rule is that one nurse should be for five beds only and there should be at least 60 more nurses in position,” he said.
The medical superintendent concerned, Dr Masood Ahmad, admitted that the hospital has a shortage of staff.
“There is a shortage of doctors and other staff members, and I have already written to director Health Services Kashmir and the minister of Health for necessary action. I am waiting for their response,” he said.