Attendants forced to bring own beds due to rush at Karnal hospital

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2015 12:34 IST

Following heavy rush of patients at the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) in Karnal, attendants are forced to bring their personal beds to the hospital.

For the past three days, patients at the trauma centre, treated as regular emergency ward, were seen lying on the folding beds. Even the corridor leading to the office of the institute director’s office had several such beds.

A patient from Basant Vihar locality, Vikas Kumar said on Monday that he was asked by the hospital staff to arrange personal bed. “I got admitted to the hospital on Friday with high fever. As there was heavy rush at the trauma centre, we were asked by the staff to carry a folding bed for immediate admission,” he said.

Suraj, an attendant, said that he brought a bed for his relative suffering from fever. The bed was even shared by another patient, he added. “As a patient from an adjoining village was in poor condition, we offered to share our bed on humanitarian ground. Otherwise, it is a sorry state of affairs as the hospital management could not provide enough beds for the patients,” said Suraj.

Hospital admn in denial mode

Meanwhile, institute director S Kashyap denied that the hospital administration had asked anyone to bring personal beds to the hospital. He said that seeing heavy rush at the hospital, few attendants might have brought in their beds. Kashyap said that there were more than 300 patients admitted to the hospital against a capacity of 150 patients.

He said the large-scale misinformation about dengue was causing panic among people and patients were insisting on getting admitted to the hospital even in case of mild fever.

“There is no doubt that the upcoming medical institute has limited beds and sudden spurt of patients created a problem here. We have already opened all rooms in different wards,” he said.

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