: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA, R. Annadurai, has sought permission for the Government Rajaji Hospital authorities for appointing 655 workers and 32 supervisors on a temporary basis for the benefit of patients of seven southern districts.

In a letter addressed to the Director of Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, the MLA representing Madurai South Assembly constituency said that around 9,000 out-patients were coming from the southern districts. Hundreds of surgeries were being carried out every day and at least 25 deliveries took place here daily.

The 2,500 beds in the hospital was not sufficient for the number of patients coming here.

The hospital did not have adequate number of workers for its maintenance. Besides several posts of nurses, nursing assistants, health workers, security staff and lab technicians were lying vacant. Demanding Government to fill these posts, Mr. Annadurai wanted to allow the hospital authorities to make up the vacancies through temporary recruitment.

“This would help the authorities to put the GRH Annexe building in good use. With no employees appointed for the annexe building the 300-bed hospital was under-utilised.