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Emergency docs face shortage heat

DO CITY hospitals have enough emergency backup to deal with a repeat of saree-like stampede? The numbers suggest no. City?s major four hospitals face a total daily average inflow of 400 emergency patients for 250 beds!

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 00:14 IST

DO CITY hospitals have enough emergency backup to deal with a repeat of saree-like stampede? The numbers suggest no.

City’s major four hospitals face a total daily average inflow of 400 emergency patients for 250 beds!

That means if there is a swell in emergency patients, the city hospitals will throw their hands up! This is reflected in the increasing number of patient-doctor clashes in various hospitals.

In past one week, several cases of disputes between doctors and patients were seen. And in the majority of cases, the disputes arose when the doctors asked patients to leave in order to take serious cases. On Thursday, admissions to the KGMU Trauma Centre had to be restricted for lack of beds.

Despite having maximum number of beds (152) in its emergency department than any other hospital in city, authorities of The Trauma Centre has a maximum number (152) of beds but it moved a proposal to the authorities to increase the capacity by another two-dozen in view of the increasing rush of patients.

“We do not avoid admissions. When the patient inflow is more than the capacity, we have no other option but to convince a little better ones to leave. This is not an easy task. But, it can be done by convincing the attendants,” says RML Hospital chief medical officer Dr AK Chawla.

The hospital has 28 beds in the emergency department. But, it gets patients from as far as Chinhat and Barabanki, besides the regular load from nearby localities, like Indira Nagar, Gomti Nagar and Faizabad.

Situation at Balrampur and Civil hospitals is no different. “Asking patients to leave is calling for trouble. Because, they believing staying more will help them recover faster,” Dr Chawla says.

Trauma Centre had 58 beds in the beginning of the year. But, the number of beds went up to 132 within six months— This includes 10 beds with the department of orthopaedics. Another 21 beds are with the emergency of department of medicine. “Shortage of staff is another problem as we have increased beds without increasing even a single employee,” says in-charge of Trauma Centre Dr AA Mahdi. The proposal for Trauma Centre includes creating of posts like Emergency Medical Officers and deployment of more Casualty Medical Officers. The posting of 64 nurses has been pending since last two years.

KGMU gets patients not only from Lucknow or Uttar Pradesh, but also from Nepal and Bangladesh.