Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday advised the members of the council of ministers in the state to take a decision on increasing the retirement age of faculty members of the medical colleges in the state to ensure the faculty positions do not fall vacant despite creating state of the art health care facilities for the welfare of the people of the state.
Expressing his concern over the number of vacancies or absence of senior faculty in the super specialty hospital Azad Monday said even though the centre govt has helped with liberal funding and created this super specialty hospital but as long as faculty positions will remain vacant it will not serve any purpose.
He advised the state cabinet ministers present on the occasion to take the proposal to the state cabinet and increase the retirement age of faculty members needed to run the health institution at the earliest.
Sharing from his personal experience Azad clarified that no one in the state would raise objections to the proposal. Every one need better health care and if do not have doctors and senior faculty members in place no one can survive.
Referring to the shortage of faculty positions in the SSH, Jammu Azad said while he was coming to attend the event he was informed by one of the close aides that senior faculty member of the cardiology department also retired and now the cardiology unit of the SSH would also face closure. he said few other faculties could not start work as they lacked faculty. He hoped that the state govt would expedite the recruitment process and appoint paramedics,and other faculty to make it fully functional at the earliest.