The Gurgaon Civil Hospital, which witnesses more than 2,000 patients daily, has been functioning without a radiologist and a general physician for the past three months.
The crisis struck after the doctors were transferred to other government health facilities. The in-charge of the hospital's radiology center was transferred in March to the Government Medical College in Nalhar, Mewat. Though a woman radiologist was hired from a nearby private health facility, she conducts only ultrasound for pregnant women.
"A radiologist has been hired but he has not joined yet. He is giving an examination and is likely to join by next week. A visiting doctor comes to the hospital for a couple of hours and we are paying her R150 for every ultrasound," said Dr BK Rajora, chief medical officer (CMO), Civil Hospital, Gurgaon.
According to the hospital administration, the staff crunch has become a major challenge for them. On an average, nearly 30 ultrasounds, 80 X-rays and six MRI tests are conducted daily at the radiology department. At present, only one radiographer has been deployed at the department in addition to the visiting radiologist.
Apart from this, the physician's post has been vacant for nearly three months now after four doctors were transferred to different hospitals. In January, one doctor was transferred to the Government Medical College in Mewat, one was transferred to Sector-10 Civil Hospital and the third physician quit his job to join a private hospital.
The physician from the intensive care unit (ICU) was shifted to the OPD. A senior official at the hospital revealed that the physician at present is not adequately experienced to function in the hospital's OPD that sees a heavy footfall every day.
Earlier, four physicians used to work in shifts and were deployed at the ICU, OPD and emergency wards.
Some of the hospital staff said that the transfer of two doctors to the new Civil Hospital in Sector-10 was not necessary as the footfall there is not even half of what the main hospital receives every day.
Responding to this, the CMO said that the doctors who were transferred on deputation are being called back. "We are trying to get back the doctors who were transferred on deputation. We are likely to fill the vacancies by later this week," said Rajora.