50 per cent of the paramedical staff posts are vacant
Even two months after being inaugurated, the district hospital here attached to the autonomous Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) is yet to start functioning.
The failure of the State Government to sanction posts and recruit staff, is said to be the main reason for this.
The hospital, popularly known as Goshen Hospital, was attached to the Government Medical College in Bellary that was established in 1961.
The Government decided to convert the Goshen hospital into a district hospital and provide medical facilities under the direct supervision of the VIMS.
The new buildings and other infrastructure were created at a cost of Rs. 15 crore. The hospital has a capacity of 1,400 beds.
The hospital building was inaugurated by Bharatiya Janata Party national president Nitin Gadkari during his visit here on August 12.
However, the hospital is yet to start functioning.
When contacted, Director of VIMS B. Devanand, told The Hindu that due to shortage of staff, particularly paramedical staff, the hospital could not start functioning.
“A proposal seeking sanction of 198 posts of all categories, had been sent to the Government for its approval but it is still pending,” he said.
Dr. Devanand said that at present there was a shortage of about 50 per cent of paramedical staff at the hospital. “Unless fresh appointments of paramedical staff are made, it will be very difficult to run the hospital. We can manage with the doctors but not without the paramedical staff, especially nursing,” he said.