Shortage of staff in Burns Centre creates problems for patients

September 16, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Shortage of staff including skilled technicians and paramedical staff has been affecting work in Burns Centre, Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) from last three months; however, the administration has yet to recruit new staff on vacant posts so far.

A senior administrative official Burns Centre Karachi on condition of anonymity said crisis started about three months ago and continues till now. He said administration of Burns Centre unwisely had fired and transferred over 100 employees including skilled technicians and senior paramedical staff three months ago due to their alleged involvement in political activities and agitation against Friends of Burns Centre (FOBC), a non-governmental organization running the centre.

He informed that unwise decisions of administration had distributed the province’s sole healthcare unit catering burns patients of Sindh and Balochistan. Although the Burns Centre administration rehired 50 employees who were fired from their jobs earlier but there is still acute shortage of staff in evening and night shift.

He some employees have been working in night duty for last three months without any weekly-off and casual leave due to the shortage of staff in night shift. The constant duty had badly affected the performance of technicians working in evening and night duty.

The source said patients admitted in Burns Centre are on the mercy of God as no skilled staff is available in night time to attend patients and provide medicines in case of emergency. He said shortage of staff had badly disturbed the routine operational work of the centre. Dozens of patients have to wait for hours to get medicines and dressing of patients is also delayed for hours.

A technician deployed in male ward talking to PPI said Burns Centre administration has directed him to avoid weekly-off and casual leave until the end of current crisis ends. “From last three months I have not availed any leave,” he said adding how could one perform his duty properly in such circumstances.

Additional Medical Superintendent, CHK & Administrative Control Officer, Burns Centre Dr Mohammad Ahmed said hiring of employees is the responsibility of Friends of Burns Centre (FOBC), adding the recruitment of staff is in the final phase. He hoped that all the hiring process would be completed before the Eid-ul-Azha.

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