Sunday, July 11, 2010

New cadres bring to the fore shortage of doctors

KOCHI: Shortage of doctors in the State Health Services is now felt more than before with the introduction of specialty and administrative cadres.

Many of the posts created at various hospitals are vacant. General medicine, surgery and anaesthesia are among the specialities that have fewer doctors than required, while paediatrics and ENT have more.

In the case of general medicine, 206 posts have been created but only 118 filled. The corresponding figures are 175 and 75 in the surgery specialty.

Twenty-two more gynaecologists are required to fill the 255 posts in the specialty, one of the important in the Health Services which had enough doctors earlier.

In anaesthesia, only 83 of the 129 posts have been filled, in dermatology, 46 of 81, and psychiatry, 34 of 60.

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