Priyana Chakravorty : Past 10 years has seen a ventilated public healthcare system in West Bengal. The sufferers include doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, pharmacists, ambulance drivers and others related to the healthcare sectors.
Shortage of staff, overburdened and unequipped conditions also lead to jeopardized conditions and risk to personal lives.TMC government has absolutely failed to recruit health care workers across the state, leading to acute shortage of staff in hospitals.
• In Primary Health Centres, sanctioned posts are 1326, out of which 516 posts remain vacant.
• In Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres, sanctioned posts for Nurses are 7062, out of which 1251 posts remain vacant
• Male health workers in sub-centres, sanctioned posts are 9171, out of which 7139 posts remain vacant; and
• In terms of specialists like Surgeons, Physicians, Paediatricians etc in Community Health Centres out of total sanctioned posts of 574, there are 503 vacant posts
This has left our healthcare system crumbling.
I am seriously considering recommending the doctors, nurses, ward boys, radiologists, pharmacists, ambulance drivers and other healthcare workers who serve at NBMCH for special Union Health Minister’s Award, because only the most dedicated to public service would risk their own lives to continue serving the general public in a campus as filthy and as unhygienic as NBMCH.
NBMCH is a prime example of failure of TMC government. It is the misfortune of the people from our region not a single government hospital is fit for testing COVID patient in North Bengal. While TMC leaders took treatment in private hospitals on public money, majority of the general public were left to fend for themselves.
*Member of Parliament*
*National Spokesperson, BJP*