KARACHI: Over 250 posts are lying vacant in National Institute of Child Health (NICH) while hundreds of employees are waiting for their promotions since last five years, it was learnt on Wednesday.
Sources at NICH on condition of anonymity said: “NICH is a 500 bedded institution and considered one of the largest children hospitals of the province of Sindh. It provides tertiary care service for almost all types of paediatric diseases and is equipped with latest diagnostic gadgetries.”
But since last five years, the hospital administration is facing multiple challenges after the devolution of healthcare into province. They informed that over 250 posts of doctors, paramedics, nursing staff and other technical vacancies are lying vacant in institution as no new recruitment has been done in healthcare since last few years.
They informed that hundreds of employees are waiting for their promotions as no departmental promotion committee meeting could be held in past five years in the institution. Dozens of employees were retired from their jobs, some left job and well number of medical staff joined other national and international health institutions over promotion and other reasons.
They said uncertainty prevalent among doctors, nurses and paramedical staff and employees are discharging their duties half-heartedly in healthcare. The patient care has also been declined in institution as compared to past.
Director NICH Prof Jamal Raza when contacted said a request has been sent to provincial health department for hiring against vacant posts and promotions of employees in the NICH. He hoped that health department would grant permission to administration soon.