Ke­jri­wal wants LG’S in­ter­ven­tion to fill VA­CAN­CIES in govt hos­pi­tals

Millennium Post - - CITY - SAYANATN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal wrote a let­ter to Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor of Anil Bai­jal ask­ing him to im­me­di­ately fill the va­can­cies in the hos­pi­tals as the staff crunch in the Delhi govern­ment hos­pi­tals at ev­ery level has slowed down the process of giv­ing proper med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to the ci­ti­zens, said govern­ment sources.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, the CM noted in the let­ter that staff crunch is there at all the lev­els such as ad­min­is­tra­tion, doc­tors, paramedics, non-tech­ni­cal and grade four em­ploy­ees. In the past few months, the CM along with Health Min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain have vis­ited var­i­ous govern­ment hos­pi­tals and noted the con­di­tion which led to this ini­tia­tive.

Ke­jri­wal has raised the is­sue to LG sev­eral times ear­lier but noth­ing hap­pened, said the sources. Ear­lier, in his let­ter, high­lighted the on­go­ing cri­sis of staff short­age in hos­pi­tals — a sit­u­a­tion “where we have ven­ti­la­tors but no staff to op­er­ate them, ma­chines (like X-ray, CT Scan, MRI) but no staff to run them”.

He urged the LG, who is in charge of ser­vices, to take “ur­gent” steps to fill the va­cant posts while “ap­pre­ci­at­ing that with best ef­forts”, the hir­ing process would still take a “few months”. The hos­pi­tals, he said, can't be al­lowed “to work with­out staff even for a day”. As a re­sult, in Au­gust 2017, the govern­ment had de­cided that med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dents should “fill up va­cant posts im­me­di­ately by hir­ing ex­perts from out­side on con­tract ba­sis” un­til hir­ing took place. The chief sec­re­tary was asked to seek the LG'S ap­proval.

Then con­tro­versy oc­curred when the CM asked for the file per­tain­ing to the staff short­age at govern­ment hos­pi­tals, se­nior of­fi­cers “re­fused” and said they had been “in­structed” by Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal “not to show this file to any min­is­ter, in­clud­ing the CM”. The file per­tains to “emer­gency pur­chase pow­ers” of med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dents in govern­ment hos­pi­tals, wherein the MS will have the power to pur­chase ma­te­rial worth Rs 1 crore with­out prior per­mis­sion from the state govern­ment and hire ex­perts, in lieu of va­can­cies, on a con­trac­tual ba­sis.

Re­cently, LG Bai­jal raised ob­jec­tions to the AAP dis­pen­sa­tion's am­bi­tious scheme propos­ing free med­i­cal surg­eries and tests at pri­vate hos­pi­tals in case of de­lay in govern­ment fa­cil­i­ties. The scheme was passed by the Cabi­net on De­cem­ber 12 and was sub­se­quently sent to the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor for ap­proval.

It has been pro­posed that if the date for a surgery is not given by a govern­ment hospi­tal to a pa­tient within a month, then he can get it done from any of the pri­vate hos­pi­tals em­pan­elled for this pur­pose.

LG Bai­jal ob­jected to AAP govt’s am­bi­tious scheme propos­ing free med­i­cal surg­eries and tests at pri­vate hos­pi­tals in case of de­lay in govern­ment fa­cil­i­ties

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