For the next couple of weeks, treatment at King George's Medical University (KGMU) might be risky.
The summer vacations are going to play killjoy for patients as half of the faculty in each department has left for vacations.
Worst is that some of the departments have only one faculty who left for holidays from May 1. So these departments won't have doctors for the entire vacations. Thus junior residents will chiefly be looking after the hospital for the next five weeks.
Dr SK Das of the department of Rhemutology along with Dr SN Srivastava of the Department of Dermatology and Venereology (VD) would remain on leave from May 1 to June 7.
Dr Shekhar Tandon, the only faculty in the department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery would remain on leave in the second half from June 9 to July 16.
Thus, the departments would run without a doctor.
Interestingly, these are specialty departments that were created keeping in view the problems of patients.
Earlier, the problem of Rhemutology was being taken care of by orthopaedic experts and patients of skin and VD went to doctors of the Department of Medicine. These departments were created to facilitate patients with specialty services.
Some other departments like Forensic Medicine will have only one teacher in the month of May, June and July. As Dr Baljit Singh would remain on leave in the first phase of the summer vacation, Dr Anoop Kumar Verma would remain on leave in the second half.
Other major department where patients would suffer is Neuro Surgery as out of four faculty members, two would be on leave on rotation for the next two-and-a-half months.
Patients coming to the departments like Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine, Neurology, Gynaecology, ENT, Cardiology and Pathology may require to wait longer at OPDs than usual days to get diagnosis or surgery done at this pioneer medical institute.
Though some of the doctors opt to continue doing critical operations even when they are on leave, those going out of city or country cannot help it.
To manage patient care, vacation of doctors was divided into two parts.
But no one paid attention to the departments who do not have even two doctors. Departments are created whenever required, but appointment of faculty in adequate numbers and other infrastructure facilities are ignored for long, commented a senior faculty going on leave in the first half.