Doctor’s shortage in Government hospitals affecting medical services

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jul 2017 12:17:23


Staff Reporter

Due to acute shortage of doctors, the district hospital civil surgeons and Chief Medical and Health Officers find problem of getting hospital services for quality assurance. District health authorities and hospital heads had many times raised issue of shortage of doctors during the meetings with senior health officers. Due to which they found them unable getting quality assurance certificate from Government of India to all services of the hospital. The reports of the health centres and district hospitals is said to have not yet been sent to the Health Ministry, Government of India. It might be sent next week.

A senior health officer in directorate of health, pleading anonymity said the health officers could not press district health officers to ready hospitals and health centres for quality assurance certificates. Everybody knows the department has shortage of doctors and even other staffers also.

According to sources, the health department will has taken up some parts of some district hospitals for quality assurance certificate as at some hospitals, labour room, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or some other services. When this issue was raised with officers of Health Ministry, Government of India about two months ago, they had told state health officers to get quality assurance certificate for hospitals in parts by focusing on different wings of the hospital.

However, health department is hopeful of getting about 100 medical officers from Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) in coming days. They will be imparted training under the Kayakalp Abhiyan of the Government. It will be one month training programme to be given by Rakesh Munshi, Joint Director, health, who is looking after Kayakalp Abhiyan works.

It is learnt that besides, district hospitals, the health department is reviewing status of Community Health Centre (CHC), Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Arogya Kendras also. Dr B S Ohri is said to inspect Ichhawar CHC, on Tuesday.

National Health Mission (NHM) officers looking after works of quality assurance and Kayakalp Abhiyan have not yet written to the Government requirement of doctors in district hospitals and health centres.
When contacted Dr Pankaj Shukla, Deputy Director, health said, he has not yet got inspection reports from all district hospitals. Doctors’ shortage is main hurdle in quality assurance. Government is concerned about it. Soon some doctors from MPPSC will join and will be imparted one month training under the Kayakalp Abhiyan, he said.