No panacea for shortage of beds at PGIMER

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2015 14:39 IST

Let alone a private room, getting even a regular bed is no ordinary task at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), here, thanks to the increasing load of indoor patients, and the institute’s inability to manage it.

According to the annual statistical abstract, the institute has 1,948 beds, and has failed to add even a single bed in the year since 2013, despite increase in the average daily admitted patients.

As per the statistical abstract, while around 77,000 patients got admitted in 2013, the number increased to 81,000 last year.

Besides, the average daily number of patients who got admitted also increased from 1,653 to 1,750. Even average length of stay increased slightly from 7.8 days in 2013 to 7.9 days in 2014.

In wake of shortage of beds, patients waiting for beds for long, and some even spending days on stretchers is a common scene.

The number of surgeries also witnessed a jump. As compared to 1.76 lakh surgeries in 2013, 1.87 lakh surgeries were performed in 2014. It included 40,000 major surgeries and 1.47 lakh minor surgeries.

Amid this scenario, one can only pin hope in the newlyconstructed 250-bed extension of PGIMER’s Nehru Hospital which is in the final stages.

It will add around 90 private rooms and 10 operation theatres and will house, among other facilities, the expanded oncology, ENT and endocrinology departments. The PGIMER is expecting to make it functional this year.

When contacted Dr AK Gupta, medical superintendent of PGIMER, said they were making efforts to decrease average stay of patients at the hospital.

“We have taken some concrete steps in that direction and are hopeful it will yield some good results. The decrease in average stay will help us provide treatment to more patients,” he added.

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