CDA’s hospital faces worst crisis shortage of doctors/technical staff 

Total strength is 82 only 37 are filled

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Obaid Abbasi

Islamabad

More than fifty per cent posts of doctors and technical staffs remained vacant in Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) hospitals which compelled thousands of patients to suffer daily, it has learnt.

Well place sources in the hospital told Daily Morning Mail that total strength of doctors and technical staff is around 82. However, only 37 posts are filled where doctors and other staffers are performing their duties as the remaining posts left vacant.

The city’s third largest hospital which is providing free service to CDA’s employees is facing worst crisis as the government has not lifted ban on new recruitment.  “Since the ruling government came into power there is not a single appoint was made in the hospital resulting thousands of patient suffers,” explained the sources

According to the sources, around 2, 000 patients visit daily in the hospital for their medical check-up. But either they were referred in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences PIMS or Polyclinic Hospital which are already overburdened. The sources said that last year CDA allocated Rs 108 million budget for the hospital and 50 per cent goes in salaries.

The sources said that few month back interviews were finalized for fresh appointments but the process was halted due to unknown reason.

The sources said that currently, many departments remained dysfunctional as their heads were either retired or resigned. Those who retired recently were Dr Siddique Akbar, who was head of gastro department, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Associate Pulmonologist,   Dr Aly Khokhar Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr Zulfiqar Butt Urologist but resigned few months back, Dr Khadija Tul Kubra, Medical Officer (MO), Dr Allah Nawaz, Pathologist and Dr Haq Daad MO were among the retired doctors.

Dr Hafiz Sajad, Associate Medicine and Dr Muhammad Kaleem, Incharge CMO will be retired in next few months.  On the other hand, cardiac department of CDA hospital is almost dysfunctional since 2015 due to unavailability of technical staff and cardiac consultant. Dr Asif Ali Associate Cardiologist was retired in 2015 and after his retirement all cardiac patients were referred to Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology RIC.

Similarly, blood bank is dysfunctional which is sheer violation of international standards.  Tariq Masih, whose daughter Sofia Masih, admit in emergency ward was forced to arrange blood from outside because blood bank remained non-functional.

A senior official in the hospital said that around 80 to 90 thousands patient serving and retired CDA’s employees are entitled to this hospital have been most affected due to this crisis.

The dozens of patients who were waiting in emergency and OPD seems annoyed after they were either referred to PIMS or they were asked to wait for long hours.

“I’m entitled to this hospital but due to absence of Urologist consultant my surgery is pending since two months,” said Muhammad Arif, who is waiting outside OPD.

When contacted Executive Director, CDA hospital Dr Fayaz Lodhi, confirmed that there is server shortage of doctors and technical staffs due to government’s ban on new recruitment

“We have been requesting the government to make fresh recruitment since many months so problem could be finished but ban has not lifted yet,” he claimed. Dr Lodhi claimed that last month summary has been forwarded to the Prime Minister for fresh recruitment however there is no response yet.

 

 

 

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