R. Vimal Kumar
Vacancies in the rank of senior civil surgeons major cause for worry
Tuticorin: Shortage of staff at the Government-run Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital (TMCH) here is impeding its functioning. Experts feel unless the Government intervenes to fill vacancies at the earliest, the situation would deteriorate.
Official sources said that of the total sanctioned strength comprising professors, senior civil surgeons, office superintendents, 36.37 per cent posts were lying vacant. The vacancies existed right from the professor/ reader level to lab technicians and staff nurse cadre. Of the sanctioned strength of 50 professors/ readers, 22 were vacant. Similarly, 29 posts of tutor/ assistant professor/ assistant surgeon out of 122 were yet to be filled. Of the total vacancies in that cadre, six existed at the hospital and the remaining in the college.
A major cause for worry was the vacancies in the rank of senior civil surgeons at the hospital. "Seven posts of senior civil surgeons need to be filled," sources said.
Though a post of lecturer in biophysics had been sanctioned at the college, it too was lying vacant for quite sometime. Interestingly, all the 29 permanent posts of lab technicians allocated to TMCH in Grade-I and II cadres were lying vacant. Only, the lab technicians appointed on contract were working at the moment.
Both the sanctioned posts of child psychiatrists, three posts (out of three) of health educator, sole post of speech therapist and audiometry technician and 16 posts (out of 16) of storekeeper remain vacant.
According to medical sources, vacancies of eight radiographers who handle the X-ray departments and labs at the TMCH could hinder the progress of the institution.
Cleanliness at the college takes a beating these days since there was only one sweeper to keep the eight departments in it neat and tidy. "A total of 23 sweepers were the actual requirement," sources said.
R. Saraswathy, Dean, TMCH, said "a proposal was sent recently to the State Government to fill in the vacancies at both the college and hospital."