Long-pending vacancies were to be filled by Dec. 1; outsourcing of staff is in progress, say officials

The process of outsourcing housekeeping staff and security guards for the government hospitals in the city is still in progress, with a number of hospitals yet to get their sanctioned strength, particularly that of security guards.

A few hospitals are also facing problems as a result of workers leaving the job within a day or two of joining.

The government had decided to outsource manpower for housekeeping and security to fill in long-pending vacancies in government hospitals with more than 200 beds in the State.

A private agency was selected for recruiting the workers and it was expected the sanctioned posts would be filled by December 1.

As of December 4, a majority of hospital workers’ posts have been filled at government hospitals. Some have also been informed the remaining personnel will join work in a week’s time or latest by December 15, officials said.

Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital has got 36 security guards out of the 45 sanctioned posts. A total of 165 posts have been filled so far, out of 264 vacancies.

Government Stanley Medical College Hospital has got its full strength of 132 hospital workers and 12 supervisors. Officials said the hospital is, however, yet to get 36 security guards out of the total 66 posts.

“The agency is conducting interviews for recruiting security guards. Earlier, they had said the personnel would join by December 1. Now, it seems they are likely to join in a week’s time,” an official said.

Kilpauk Medical College Hospital has received about five security personnel out of 43 posts, while Government Royapettah Hospital has got about 15 security guards out of 34. It has been sanctioned 153 hospital workers, of which 11 have joined work.

A hospital official said the remaining workers were expected to join by December 15.

An official at Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children said the vacant posts were getting filled as people were joining work every day. So far, 18 security guards, 73 housekeeping workers and six supervisors have joined the hospital.

Officials said the maintenance of the hospitals is better managed now as a protocol has been put in place.

A list of daily, weekly and monthly activities has been given to the workers and this is being supervised by the hospital staff.

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