Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is witnessing a brain drain, having lost many of its best doctors and heads of departments to other private hospitals over the past 18 months.
Dr A.S. Soin, director of Ganga Ram's liver transplant centre for close to a decade, is the latest to leave. Dr Soin joined Medanta — The Medcity two weeks ago with his entire team of 42, including surgeons and support staff.
"Our team moved out for purely professional reasons. We'll be involved in a lot research projects, including stem cell therapy, at our new unit," said Dr Soin, who heads a 130-member liver transplant and regenerative medicine unit at Medanta. Dr Soin is among the 15 senior doctors who have quit the hospital in recent past.
"Obviously, we don't want to lose our consultants and would have stopped them if we could. But market forces are changing, and everyone is free to move on. Replacements anyway aren't hard to find," said Dr B.K. Rao, Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram hospital.
Most of the doctors moved looking for professional growth. "I set up Ganga Ram's paedicatics department that is rated among the top five in the country, but we had reached saturation point. I was offered the opportunity of setting up a similar department from scratch, so I took it up," said Dr Subhash Arya, who has worked in Ganga Ram for 33 years. He is now the chairman of the Paediatrics and Adolescent Health at BLK Memorial Hospital.
"We realised that Ganga Ram was going down. With mediocrity at the top, there's no imaginative thinking. We had built these departments with our hard work, and it pained so see things falling apart with corrupt forces taking over. So, I decided to move on. There's no will to do anything about the problem," said Dr Randhir Sud, who was a co-chairman of the department of gastroenterology at Ganga Ram for 25 years.
"I got a better offer, so I moved. At Ganga Ram, a major problem is of more patients and less facilities," said Dr P.S. Maini, who headed the orthopaedic department at Ganga Ram for 26 years before leaving a year ago.
But the hospital has no immediate expansion plans. "Maybe in another five years, we might think of setting up a new block. We aren't a healthcare shop and our doctors are not given monetary targets to meet," said Dr Rao.