by Iqra Akhoon
SRINAGAR: In a poignant journey spanning five decades SKIMS Soura conceived by visionary policymakers, once stood as the key lifeline for healthcare in Kashmir. It evolved into the sole tertiary care facility in Kashmir attracting patients from diverse corners. The hospital’s initial commitment to patient welfare saw it grow alongside global medical advancements expanding its infrastructure to accommodate crucial departments.
However, the present-day reality paints a different picture. SKIMS once a symbol of dedication finds itself grappling with challenges that have altered its operational landscape. After its autonomy was stripped away, it is gradually getting into decay to the extent that there are neither staff to work nor machines to operate properly.
Recent reports appearing in the media suggest that an RTI application revealed the fact that against sanctioned positions of 1756, as many as 1021 are vacant and these include 155 faculty positions. Of 127 technologist positions 50 are vacant so are 175 technicain positions from a sanctioned strength of 258.
Officials admitted the staff shortage insisting they have referred the positions to PSC and SSB but the advertisements are yet to be issued by the government recruiting agencies.