Staff shortage torments patients at Burns Centre

KARACHI: Shortage of staff has been affecting the routine operational and administrative affairs of Burns Centre Civil Hospital Karachi since last two months, it was learnt on Tuesday.
A senior official at Burns Centre said shortage of staff had affected the routine operational work at Centre over and explained crises emerged in Centre when administration and Friends of Burns Centre refused to work with the Centre management anymore over political interference by a medical wing of a political party.
The Friends of Burns Centre associated with Centre in public welfare activities had stopped the supply of medicines, he said.
Burn Centre administration has transferred almost two dozens employees to Civil Hospital Karachi because of their involvement in political activities, while 100 other contract employees were also fired from their jobs over different allegations by the administration. 
Out of which 50 employees have been reappointed on contract basis through private recruiting company on merit basis, while rest of posts are still vacant, the officials said.
He said dozens of patients have to wait for several weeks to get medicines and dressing of patients in healthcare due to staff shortage.   
To resolve this issue, Medical Superintendent Civil Hospital Karachi had appointed Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) Dr Muhammad Ahmed as administrator of Burns Centre to resolve the current crises on earliest. Friends of Burns Centre a non-governmental organisation has also resumed its activities again under the supervision of new administrator. The official said the administration had limited power of Friends of Burns Centre keeping past experience in mind and now welfare body would work under supervision of Centre administration. He said demands of medicines would be fulfilled through administrative officer. 
He said ex-administrative officer had betrayed both Burn Centre management and Friends of Burns Centre administration. He informed ex-administrator used medical wing of political party against each other, as he wanted to take over the Centre. He had crossed all its limits during his tenure. 

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