The Government needs to provide employment to the paramedical technicians graduated out of the Government colleges

The Paramedical Technicians Welfare Association (PTWA) has expressed concern that candidates who had completed paramedical technician courses conducted at the Government-run medical colleges were not called for jobs of paramedical technicians in Government Hospitals.

Professionals

In a fresh representation sent to the Chief Minister’s office and the Health Department, the association representatives highlighted their plight stating that the nursing assistants working in Government Hospitals were getting designated as technicians in-charge instead of the professional paramedical technicians recruited for the posts of emergency care technician, anaesthesia technician, operation theatre technician and dialysis technician.

M. Balasubramanian, the PTWA’s state vice-president, told reporters that a total of six batches of students, totalling around 6,000, had completed the one-and-a-half year paramedical technician courses from the 15 State-run medical colleges since the course was introduced in 2005.

Vacancies

“Though there are 5,716 posts of technicians lying vacant in various Government Hospitals across the State including the medical colleges, Primary Health Centres and taluk hospitals, none of the youth who graduated in the technician courses have been called to fill the vacancies,” he said.

According to him, almost 90 per cent of the paramedical technicians who completed the courses at the Government-run medical colleges are working in other professions and the rest as paramedical technicians in private hospitals at low wages. “The Government needs to provide employment to the paramedical technicians graduated out of the Government colleges on a war footing if more youth need to take up the courses in the future,” he said.

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