KARACHI: The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) has been facing acute shortage of employees including doctors, nurses and other staff as no new hiring was done in past seven years, sources at JPMC told PPI on Tuesday.
They said there are 2,600 sanctioned posts in the hospital, including those of professors, assistant professors, resident medical officers, doctor, paramedics, nurses, administrative staff and other categories, and out of 1,200 have been lying vacant for seven years. The shortage of staff has badly affected the functioning of this health facility.
A good number of professors, assistant professors, doctors, nurses, premedical staff and others officials have already retired or left their jobs in these past seven years, but the government is yet to fill these posts.
Currently, around 70 doctors are working in this tertiary-care hospital while 130 posts of doctors are lying vacant.
Around 180 seats of nurses are lying vacant in the hospital. More than 100 posts of paramedics are also lying vacant.
Similarly, about 700 posts of non-technical and support staff from grade-1 to grade-15 are lying vacant including in departments of hospitality services, kitchen, transport, general store, sanitation, laundry, workshop, electrical, mechanical, wooden workshops, security, administration, accounts, ministerial staff, ancillary staff, telephone exchange, etc.
There were 26 departments in the JPMC out of them 21 are headed by assistant professors as only five professors are currently performing their duties in the hospital.
On the other hand, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have been deprived due to promotions and other allowances.
Some departments of the JPMC have been closed including Ward 27 (ENT Unit-II), while a few others are on verge of closure due to a shortage of doctors and other problems. Many departments are being run by junior doctors.
The hospital urgently needs of doctors, nurses, technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists and health support staff to improve patients care this hospital.
JPMC Executive Director (ED) Dr Seemin Jamali, was not available for comment.