To take the load off AIIMS trauma centre, the Delhi government has offered to attach its 100-bed hospitals for post-operative care of accident victims.
On July 17, HT had reported that AIIMS trauma centre had been refusing to treat accident victims due to shortage of beds. One in every four patients was being refused admission.
“The hospital has requested us to attach Delhi government hospitals to the trauma centre so that post-operative patients could be sent there for recovery. A super-specialty hospital is not needed for many patients who need basic nursing after surgery,” said Anshu Prakash, prinicipal health secretary, Delhi government.
“AIIMS trauma centre has asked us to attach Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in south Delhi, which is close to it. This can be done. But most of our other hospitals are already overburdened,” said Prakash.
“We will do our best for patients. I’ll discuss this with the health department and fix the problem at the earliest,” said health minister AK Walia.
AIIMS trauma centre chief Dr MC Misra, who had admitted that they could admit only 30 per cent of their daily 150 emergency cases, said this was the only quick solution.
“I have spoken to some Delhi government officials about their being able to spare their under-utilised 100 and 200-bed facilities where we could shift our post-operative patients once they are stable enough,” he said.
Misra also said that he had expedited talks with the Delhi Development Authority and urban development ministry to acquire a neighbouring plot of land to increase the bed capacity from the existing 200 to 400. “It will take at least five years. But if it comes though, we will be able to accommodate more trauma victims, he said.