Authorities at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here have a peculiar problem at hand these days: How to ensure the stay of prisoners at the premier hospital as short as possible?
According to sources, PGIMER medical superintendent Dr AK Gupta wrote a "confidential" letter to all heads of clinical departments on September 12 to say that the "stay of prisoners should remain as short as possible" at the PGI. The decision to issue the letter was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by the PGI director, sources revealed.
The letter also said that officials who were not implementing PGI policy on treatment of prisoners should be issued show cause notices.
It was found that the compliance with hospital policy on stay of prisoners in PGI was very poor. The hospital administration found that from June 2010 to May 2011, the rate of compliance with the PGI policy on treatment of prisoners was just 7%.
Taking a serious note of tendency of not providing information on admission of prisoners to the premier institute, the letter directed that the information must be sent to the medical superintendent's office at the earliest. The medical superintendent asked all HoDs to ensure that timely information regarding admission, treatment and discharge etc and likely discharge date was sent to his office.
The letter also said that in case of delay in the treatment of prisoners admitted to the PGI, which could prolong his stay in the hospital, the same might also be intimated to the MS's office on urgent basis.
It was also decided that only prisoners who needed tertiary care treatment be admitted to the institute, and only if the same was not available in hospitals and medical colleges of their native states.
When contacted, PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said that the initiative was taken to ensure that hospital services were not misused by prisoners. "This letter is not a result of any specific case or instance," she averred.
NoC necessary for private rooms
Prisoners desirous of getting rooms in private wards would be recommended for the facility only if their applications were accompanied by 'no-objection certificates' with regard to private room charges from jail authorities.