Staff shortage in Civil Hospital Karachi: Health department blows up court orders

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Dr. Ruth K. M. Fossol Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in the province, is facing shortage of staff, severe shortage of trained technicians and other support staff in ICUs, HDUs and other wards. Grade 1 to 5 and Grade 6 to 15 appointment letters could not be issued even after two years. More than 25,000 candidates lost more than Rs 10 million to City S Company. According to details, Civil Hospital Karachi is the largest teaching hospital in Sindh. Thousands of people are treated daily in the laboratory, general ward, special ward, OPD but the hospital has been facing staff shortage for a long time. Corona has increased patient pressure on the hospital, but staff has not, and vacancies for deceased and retired employees are still vacant. Two years ago, as per the order of the Sindh High Court, orders were issued to address the staff shortage in the Civil Hospital Karachi, after which on January 13, 2019, more than 15,000 candidates submitted their applications despite severe beatings and caning charges. Go through the interview phase after which the committee formed by the health department compiled the list of successful candidates and sent it to the top officials of the health department but despite the two year period, the appointment letters of the successful candidates have not been issued yet. Similarly, applications were invited through CTS for vacancies in Grade 6 to 15 in which more than 25,000 candidates paid about Rs. 10 million to the CTS company but unfortunately neither Grade 1 to 5 nor Grade 5 to 15 appointments were made. Letters were issued while the CTS of more than 25,000 candidates has been given Rs. 10 million to the company. In this regard, when the Central President of Sindh Paramedical Staff Akhlaq Ahmad Khan was spoken to, he said that there is a mysterious obstacle in the recruitment of Grade 1 to 5 and Grade 6 to 15 in Civil Hospital Karachi for which the reason does not seem to be apparent. Last month, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had written a letter to which no reply has been received so far. “Due to rising inflation and poverty, government hospitals are the only hope for the poor,” he said. “While the Corona epidemic is hitting us hard, there is a shortage of staff in hospitals and paramedical staff.” But there is a double workload. I appeal to the high officials including the Chief Minister of Sindh to have mercy on the poor patients and to address the staff shortage in the Civil Hospital Karachi.