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Transfer of blood technicians cancelled

Siliguri, Nov. 20: North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb today said the health department had revoked the transfer of three technicians from the regional blood transfusion centre at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, considering the acute staff crisis at the facility.

Deb made the announcement after a meeting of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti at the NBMCH this afternoon.

“I have spoken to officials at Swasthya Bhavan in Calcutta regarding the transfer of technicians from the RBTC. They have informed me that transfer orders of the three technicians have been revoked. They will be joining the RBTC here very soon,” said Deb, who is also the chairman of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the medical college.

However, NBMCH officials said they had not received any letter from Swasthya Bhavan so far intimating them about the revocation of the transfer orders.

“We have not been officially informed that the transfer has been cancelled. Currently, the centre has only six technicians and we are facing problems because of the staff crisis. It is necessary that the three vacant posts of technicians are immediately filled up because we are running out of stock of blood and will not be able to cater for requisitions of patients,” said an NBMCH official.

The three technicians were transferred from the RBTC in the past two months.

Normally, the RBTC keeps a stock of around 500 units of blood and caters for requisitions of 70 units a day..

The RBTC officials said they had around 60 units of blood today.