Bhubaneswar: Large-scale vacancies in seven state-run medical colleges has affected medical education in Odisha.While 387 teaching posts out of 1,201 are lying vacant in the medical colleges according to the government’s admission, there are 1,296 vacancies in non-teaching posts against 2,075 sanctioned posts.
Though four new medical colleges have been set up in the past two years, vacancies have been precarious at these institutes.
At Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada and Saheed Laxman Naik Medical College and Hospital in Koraput, which were set up in the last academic session, there are 12 vacancies each in teaching posts against a sanctioned strength of 74 each. There are 179 and 149 vacancies in non-teaching posts against 331 and 315 sanctioned posts, respectively.
The situation is acute at Fakir Mohan Medical College and Hospital in Balasore and Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir that were opened this year. As many as 22 and 28 teaching posts are lying vacant 74 posts each in these two colleges respectively.
A faculty member, requesting anonymity, said: “The colleges have been hastily opened without adequate teaching and non-teaching staff members.”
However, health minister Pratap Jena said appropriate measures were being taken.
He admitted that there were several vacancies in the three old medical colleges – SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research in Burla.
He said 97 teaching posts out of 379 sanctioned were lying vacant at SCB. Besides, 138 non-teaching posts out of 274 was vacant.
At MKCG Medical College and Hospital, 65 teaching posts are lying vacant against a sanctioned strength of 276, while 98 non-teaching posts out of 233 are vacant.
The vacancy situation is more alarming at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research despite the institute being accorded autonomous status. Nearly 149 teaching posts have remained vacant at the hospital against a sanctioned strength of 250.
Similarly, the vacancy in non-teaching posts is 82 against 231 sanctioned posts.
The teachers at these medical colleges not only impart teaching to the medical students, but also treat patients, especially critical ones, in the hospitals attached to the colleges. Hence, the vacancy has badly hit not only medical education, but also health care in the hospitals and, by extension, the respective districts.