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Acute shortage of doctors and specialists

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The aim of providing quality care to the common man has got severely hit by an acute shortage of doctors and specialists.

According to the Government data, 223 posts of doctors, 287 posts of nurses and 692 posts of paramedical and technical staff are currently vacant in the premier institute like AIIMS which caters to 9197 patients on an average everyday in the Out Patient Department (OPD).

As for the three Central government hospitals in Delhi, there is shortage of 110 doctors in Safdarjung, followed by Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and associated hospitals which has a vacancy of 91 doctors and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital has a vacancy of 87 doctors.

Further, there are 406 vacant posts of nurses in LHMC, 217 in RML and 143 in Safdarjung hospital.

There is a vacancy of 195 paramedical and technical staff at LHMC, 99 posts in RML and 45 in Safdarjung.

The reasosn for vacant posts include promotion, retirement, resignation, termination, creation of posts, death, non-availability of suitable candidates and low rate of joining at initial levels.

"Creations of posts in a hospital is on going process and requirement of manpower is taken in to account while approving the expansion and redevelopment of projects," said the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in a reply to a written query in Parliament.

First Published: Fri, July 11 2014. 20:05 IST