Amritsar, July 29
Amid protests against the cancellation of deputation of employees, the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Hospital relieved most of the employees of their duties today, as a result of which they will be joining their place of posting from next week.
As it was the second day of the protest, the hospital wore a deserted look because most of the patients were aware of the protest call. The department released around 45 employees today. Officials revealed that the hospital had around 60 employees on deputation from other health centres in the district. Most of the employees on deputation were from cadres of pharmacists, lab technicians and Class IV workers.
The employees of the hospital said that cancellation of deputation meant less staff and more burden of work on remaining employees. “The hospital would be left with only four Class IV workers and six pharmacists. The shortage of employees would affect services for patients. Ideally, the department should increase the number of sanctioned posts, as per the new requirement,” said Rakesh Sharma of the Civil Hospital Employees Welfare Association.
The association stated that deputation of the health staff working at the Central Jail, the Vigilance and the police dispensaries had been stayed for August, but all others had been asked to report at their place of posting.
The employees at the hospital stated that services at the Civil Hospital have been upgraded from time to time, but the department has not increased the number of sanctioned posts for a long time, though increase in rush of patients had been witnessed.
“As the hospital did not have enough sanctioned posts, the shortage of staff was managed by sending employees from places, which have a less rush of patients but more sanctioned posts. If the sanctioned posts at the hospital are vacant, these could be filled by simply making transfers,” said an insider.
Senior officials of the department stated that the association had called off the protest, as higher-ups were seized of the matter now.
A delegation of employees would be meeting the Health Minister in this regard on Wednesday, said the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Charanjit Singh.