Emergency services lacking in gas relief hospitals in Bhopal: SC panel

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 17:59 IST

Emergency services in gas relief hospitals in city have been found reasonably lacking by the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. The panel has recommended that the emergency wards in at least one or two hospitals should be made fully equipped and effectively functional round-the-clock. The committee is responsible for examining of medical facilities to the survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy.

In its third quarterly report submitted to the MP high court recently, the panel maintains that such fully functional wards could serve as centralised service and different hospitals for gas survivors could refer patients to them. Six hospitals are run by state government for gas survivors.

Other lacunae

The report also points out at several other lacunae in different gas relief hospitals run by the state government and the Bhopal Medical Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) run by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The panel expressed concern on the fact that specialist doctors have left services in BMHRC and various departments are being managed by comparatively junior doctors. The panel has called for urgent filling up of vacancies.

Similarly, at the Master Lal Singh Hospital, many posts of specialists and staff nurses as well as post of anaesthetist are vacant. Also, some medical gadgets were lacking. The committee has also expressed concern over lack of life-saving facilities like ventilators and dialysis, especially needed by the gas survivors.

Govt response

The commissioner of gas relief and rehabilitation, RA Khandelwal conceded that emergency services in hospitals were suffering. "We have started the process of creating the required posts and filling them up and are making all efforts to equip the hospitals," he said.

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