Mohali MSMEs hopeful for revival of ESIC hospitals in the region after govt approves filling of vacant posts
Mohali, Dec 4 (KNN) The Punjab Cabinet has approved filling up of 185 vacant posts of doctors and paramedic staff in ESI hospitals and dispensaries.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that filling up the posts will help ensure the best healthcare services to nearly 12.92 lakh insured persons covered under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme across the state.
The Health Department would soon initiate the process of recruiting 55 doctors and 130 paramedics on contract basis, pending regular appointment. The decision would enable the Health Department to ensure cent percent availability of doctors and paramedics in ESI hospitals and dispensaries.
Meanwhile, the allocated amount of funds to the tune of Rs 487.93 crore under the ESI scheme has remained un-utilized for past 4 years, according to reports.
Nearly two lakh poor employees/workers of Mohali and nearby region are dependent wholly on Mohali ESI hospital and against the sanctioned strength of 630 medical officers and other staff, the ESI hospital is managing with just 445.
According to an official the state government has also not been able to get the funds it is entitled from ESI Corporation for running ESI hospitals and dispensaries. Due to non-utilization of funds by the state government, the condition of hospital is so bad that it requires immediate renovation and staff for the healthy working of the hospital.
Shortage of doctors and other paramedic’s staff in ESI hospital and dispensaries were the reasons quoted for non-utilization of ESI funds in the meeting held yesterday, sources said.
Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has been time and again making continuous efforts to bring out the issues of ESI hospital in front of concerned authorities.
Speaking with KNN India, Jasbir Singh-Chairman-Labour Laws Committee, MIA, said “Due to lack of facilities and poor infrastructure in ESI hospital Mohali the workers are forced to move to other hospitals for their medical needs which costs them heavily on their own pockets.”
After yesterday’s meeting, MIA hopes that some positive development would be seen with regard to this as the matter has reached to the top. (KNN Bureau)