Shortage of doctors in govt hospitals: WB CM

Baruipur: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that to overcome the shortage of doctors and nurses in the government hospitals the state government has already appointed 1000 doctors and nurses after her party assumed power in the state.

"There is an acute shortage of doctors and nurses in the government hospitals. We have already recruited 1000 doctors and nurses after coming to power. We will recruit more doctors and nurses in the coming days," Banerjee said while laying the foundation stone of the Baruipur Polytechnic college here in South 24 Parganas district.

"If we don't find adequate number of doctors and nurses in the state, we will recruit doctors and nurses from all over the country to overcome the shortage. The advertisements for the recruitment will be published shortly," she said.

Around 40,000 babies die every year in the state, she said. But we will bring this figure down by around 25 per cent by next year claiming that after we came to power this figure has already come down.

Taking a dig at the previous CPI(M) led Left Front government while ruled the state for 34-years, she alleged that the CPI(M) leaders "looted" the public exchequer during their rule and set up NGOs in the name of their wives and relatives.

"The CPI(M) leaders are criticizing my government for trivial things such as a cockroach or a rat found in a government hospital but I would ask them that they did for the government hospitals in their 34-years rule," she said.