Srinagar: There are over 2200 vacancies of doctors in hospitals run by directorate of Health Service as well as those under the Srinagar and Jammu government Medical Colleges, the state government revealed in the legislative assembly on Wednesday.
Replying to a question by BJP legislator, the health minister said there are 726 vacancies of doctors in the hospitals under Directorate of Health Service Kashmir.
The frontier Kupwara district with 157 vacancies tops the list having 143 doctors in place against the sanctioned strength of 296.
Another north Kashmir district Baramulla, is second on the ladder having 135 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 385 doctors.
Kargil district in Ladakh region has 106 vacancies against sanctioned strength of 167 doctors followed by Anantnag with 80 out of 306 sanctioned posts. Kulgam has 106 doctors in position against the sanctioned strength of 167 while Leh has 51 vacant posts of doctors against the sanctioned strength of 133. Srinagar with no vacancy among 104 posts is at the bottom of the ladder, Shopian has 17 vacancies out of 70 while Ganderbal has 18 vacancies among 120 sanctioned posts. Pulwama district has 27 vacancies out of sanctioned strength of 190 doctors while Budgam has 338 sanctioned posts and 300 are in position. Bandipora district with sanctioned strength of 92 doctors has 40 vacancies.
Hospitals of Jammu province working under its health directorate have 2003 sanctioned posts of doctors and 1148 are in position. Among the 855 vacancies, Rajouri district with 144 vacancies tops the list followed by Doda district with 139, Poonch (131), Kathua (128), Udhampur (91), Ramban (72) Kishtwar (61), Reasi (60), Jammu (17) and Samba with sanctioned strength 120 doctors has only 12 vacancies.
Regarding GMC Srinagar, the government said that there are 34 posts of professor vacant among sanctioned strength of 79, 31 vacancies of associate professors, 60 assistant professors, 157 lecturers, 63 registrars, 16 demonstrators, 90 assistant surgeons and 176 other doctors.
Regarding GMC Jammu, the government revealed that against sanctioned strength of 391 posts in faculty, 163 are vacant while among 459 other gazetted posts, 440 are in position and 19 are vacant.
“Most of the vacant posts of Doctors and para medicos falling under direct quota have been referred to the recruiting agencies. As soon as selection is received the vacant posts will be filled up,” the government said. Responding to another question, the government said that out of 1217 ambulances available with the Department, 126 including 4 ambulances of Block Banihal in district Ramban were damaged during the last year’s uprising.