RTI reveals 414 posts of teachers lie vacant at three medical colleges
An application was filed with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the details of the vacancy of different posts at the local body-run medical colleges in Mumbai.
The reply to the query reveals that almost 37 per cent of the sanctioned posts of teachers in three BMC-run medical colleges were lying vacant. The three medical colleges are KEM (King Edward Memorial hospital), Nair and Sion. The data provided in the reply shows that a total of 1,117 posts of medical teachers have been sanctioned for the three medical colleges including professors, associate professors and lecturers. Out of these, 414 posts are lying vacant. The reply also showed vacancies in administrative medical posts, including those of the hospital dean, deputy and assistant deans and medical officers. Vacancies among the teaching staff is said to be higher when compared to those among nursing staff and others. These hospitals are major tertiary care health centres and the shortage of staff has a major impact on the patient care.
However, the Director of the three hospitals denied such high vacancy stating that out of 1,240 posts of medical teachers sanctioned for the hospitals, only 90 are vacant.