By Disha Saxena
Chandigarh: The number of patients at PGI, Chandigarh, has significantly increased over the past few years. Professor Vivek Lal, the institute's director, has now laid up a strategy that, in his words, will work to address the labour shortage and improve patient care at the facility.
Professor Lal added, "We cannot put a cap on the number of patients, but we can endeavour to enhance services here at the institute.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved a request for the institute to launch an MBBS programme with 100 students. The institute has previously only offered postgraduate courses, but starting the new undergraduate programme will follow a structure more similar to that of.
The institute also has extra MD and DM seats as well as a 50% increase in funded seats for military personnel enrolled in DM programmes. A proposal to enhance the number of DM/MCH seats under the sponsored/deputed category from 33% to 50% (for only medical super specialities) of the total sanctioned strength of general seats has also been approved by the standing Committee.
"We need more employees, and expanding our staff is essential to meeting our patients' expectations,"
According to Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, Deputy Director of Administration at PGI, up to 34 postings, including both professor and non-faculty positions, have been approved for the Sangrur satellite centre of the PGI, and equipment purchases are expected to be completed by the end of this year. As a result of a long-standing need, Dhawan continued, "hiring nursing staff is our top priority. We are trying to hire roughly 1500 more nurses."
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