Boy’s death exposes inadequate staff, poor facilities at Karaikal GH | Puducherry News – Times of India

KARAIKAL: The tragic death of a Class VIII boy, who was poisoned by his classmate’s mother, has exposed the lack of adequate number of specialists, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff members in Karaikal Government General Hospital. It has also exposed the poor infrastructural facilities in the GH.
The health and family welfare directorate suspended two general duty medical officers in the hospital for medical negligence after widespread protests. The directorate recalled more than 40 doctors, nurses and paramedical staff members of Karaikal Government Hospital, who were posted on service placements in various institutions in Puducherry, to report for duty in Karaikal GH.
A section of staff members complied with the orders and resumed duty in Karaikal, but vital posts of medical officers and specialists continue to remain vacant in the GH. Sixteen out of 18 sanctioned specialist posts in Karaikal GH are vacant.
The Puducherry Government Medical Officers’ Association, while condemning the government for suspending two medical officers, said lack of infrastructural facilities and dearth of specialists led to the death of the boy.
“The two medical officers are made to bear the collective angst of the public towards the inadequacies and gaps prevailing in that institution for a period of time,” said association president Dr K Sudhakar in a memorandum to the director (health and family welfare services).
The association appealed to the government to fill the specialist vacancies in Karaikal GH with UPSC-recruited specialists within a week and warned that the association would be forced to launch protests as medical officers cannot continue to face the brunt of the administrative lapses.

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