New Delhi, Apr 26, 2012 - Country's premier institute All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is facing staff crunch as only 400 doctors are functioning in the hospital against the sanctioned strength of 625 doctors. The hospital caters to 8,000 patients on a daily basis.
Adding to the woes of the premier hospital, there have been instances where doctors have quit in the past couple of years for better pay and work opportunities in private hospitals in India and abroad. In the past 10 months, eight doctors including three department heads, have quit.
"I quit as my potential at AIIMS was not being properly exploited. I was given the robotic equipment (for surgery) only once a week as other departments needed it. As a result of which I just did 68 surgeries in four years. Here I have done 11 cases in 30 days," Dr Arvind Kumar, who is now a surgeon with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said.
Among others who quit include Dr H H Dash (Head of neuro-anaesthesia), Dr Supriyo Ghosh (Head of department of ophthalmology), Dr Rani A Sundar (assistant professor, anaesthesiology), Dr John Ranjan Behara (assistant professor, orthopaedics), Dr Vinay Gulati (Department of medicine and Dr C Venkata Kartikeyan (ENT Department) and Dr Manish Sharma (assistant professor, neurosurgery).
Dr H H Dash, presently the head of neuro-anaesthesia and hostel superintendent at AIIMS, has also put in his papers.
"I have served the hospital for over 30 years. I have nothing against the institute. I have taken a VRS and by resigning I am giving opportunity to others," he said. PTI