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At Budgam hospital, 5 X-Ray technician posts lying vacant; no post sanctioned for ECG: RTI reveals

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Budgam, July 15: In absence of required staff, patients at Aga Syed Yousuf Memorial district hospital are bearing the brunt of official apathy as the vital posts in the hospital are lying vacant.

An RTI application filled by this reporter revealed that among seven sanctioned X-Ray technician posts, five lie vacant including the posts of one head X-Ray technician, one supervisor technician and three junior technicians. Out of the total seven posts that were vacant, one Senior and one Junior Technician posts have been filled, reads the RTI reply.

Interestingly, it has also come to fore that for the vital Electrocardiography (ECG) section no post has been sanctioned while the hospital administration has posted two X-Ray technicians and some internees for conducting the same.

Hospital sources said that during various medical emergencies the lives of patients are being risked. “Even critical patients have to wait for undergoing ECG or X-Ray, as it is impossible for the understaffed technicians to manage both the departments,” they said.

While talking to ‘Kashmir Images’, Director General, Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. Saleem-Ur-Rehman said, “We have forwarded the request to State Service Recruitment Board (SSRB) and I am repeatedly asking them (SSRB) to send the selection list of X-Ray technicians for the Budgam district.”

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