‘You are Opening New Hospitals but Wherefrom will Doctors Come?’ Lawmaker asks Govt



Pawan Kumar Gupta
Pawan Kumar Gupta

Putting a question mark over the opening of new hospitals, an independent lawmaker on Monday asked PDP-BJP government to justify “wherefrom will it get human resource when the existing hospitals face shortage of doctors”.

Participating in discussion over grants to health sector, Udhampur Lawmaker and former MoS, Pawan Kumar Gupta, said, “this government is opening new hospitals but has forgotten that the existing hospitals don’t have adequate doctors.”

Asking health minister to fill the vacant posts on emergency basis, Gupta said, “Jammu Medical College doesn’t have all posts filled up and same is the case with its Srinagar counterpart but wherefrom are your getting doctors for the newly opened medical colleges.”

He said that under the prevailing situation in the health sector, the “super specialty hospitals in JK don’t have machines for Heart and Lung patients.” “This is a serious issue,” Gupta told the house, “when you plan to open new hospitals, pleas fill the posts which are already vacant and because of which people suffer.”

“In one such Jammu hospital, no cardio surgery has been done because specialist doctors aren’t there,” he informed.

On his demand that a Trauma Centre in his constituency is not working, Gupta told the health minister, “you reply is misleading. I raised this issue in DDB meeting but nothing has been done. There is lack of human resource.”

He suggested government to have “bottom-top approach” in health sector. “It should have been PHCs, District Hospitals, and then Government Medical colleges,” he added, “but there is anarchy in upgrading the health sector.”


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