Solving manpower crisis in hospitals

18 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A hospital is a place where medical care is provided to patients for restoration of their health. But, in our country, it is a common complaint of patients that the hospitals are unable to fully meet their healthcare needs. According to them, the performance of hospitals has fallen considerably in recent times because of various reasons including manpower shortage. According to our report, lack of proper organogram is the mainly responsible for manpower shortage at healthcare facilities.

We may easily cite an example in this regard. It is of the country’s oldest major hospital—the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). Presently, over 4,200 patients are being provided with necessary healthcare services regularly from here. Earlier, in 1988, the organogram of the DMCH was approved for 1,600-bed hospital which later was turned into 2,600-bed one. Under changing socioeconomic conditions, the rush of patients increased sharply in this hospital. But, in stead of changing the organogram, the hospital is still being run as per its old 1,600-bed organogram.

As a result, the working doctors, nurses and healthcare workers face it a gigantic task to cope with the growing rush of patients who are being deprived of proper services. If such situation prevails in the country’s first ever public medical college hospital then one can easily imagine the prevailing condition in all other medical college hospitals. Although unbelievable, eight medical colleges are yet to get any organogram since their establishment. As to why, extreme manpower crisis prevails in most of these hospitals.

As per another revelation of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), medical education is also being hampered due to the manpower crisis. However, it is a solace to learn that the government is mulling to introduce a standard organogram at all government medical colleges and hospitals, specialised hospitals and institutes, and district-level hospitals to address the issue. We believe that the sufferings of the ailing population would be alleviated to a large extent after introduction of the standard organogram in hospitals and healthcare institutions. At the same time, the struggling medical education system would hopefully be streamlined benefiting the medical students.