Shiv Sena corporator Rajul Patel has raised the issue of shortage of technicians at peripheral hospitals in the Mumbai in the BMC’s standing committee meeting held on Wednesday.
“People who come for the various tests done at peripheral hospitals like Cooper, Shatabdi, Siddharth Hospital often have to suffer due to lack of technicians in the pathology department. We have been demanding for increasing the staff or appoint permanent staff to minimise suffering of the common man. There are no x-ray technicians, no sonography technicians available at peripheral hospitals,” said Rajul Patel.
“Patient at these hospitals have been given dates for 15-20 days. This delays the medication process of patient and then complications of the disease get increased. Doctors who graduates from city’s three major hospital and medical college like KEM, Sion and Nair should do one year internship at peripheral hospitals situated in suburb areas, but this is not been followed. If this would have been followed properly the shortage of staff would have not risen,” added Patel.
Patel further said, “Currently staff at the 16 peripheral hospitals in pathology department is on contract or temporary basis. And with the public-private partnership the MRA and CT scan machines have been set up but what is the use of it if does not get used”.
As the corporators raised the issue in the civic body meeting, Additional Municipal Commissioner Idzes Kundan promised, that administration will answer this question in the next standing committee meeting.
Dr Avinash Supe, director of major civic hospitals said, “We are not able to fix the problem because of reservation system, non-availability of candidates and wherever there are vacant places we have tried to fill it by appointing temporary staff. So, schedule posts are needed to be filled from which are about 10-15 per cent vacant, we are in the process of filling them. We are also trying to resolve the issue with Public-Private partnership, but the demand keeps on increasing. We are trying to cope with the situation.”