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Services of LLR Hospital badly hit

MEDICAL SERVICES at the emergency ward of LLR hospital were badly affected due to sudden disappearance of emergency medical officers (EMO). The hospital, that was largest in the city and situated at the place of utmost geographic importance, was being run by novice doctors. According to hospital records there were five EMOs but at the time of emergency they could not be spotted at their chambers.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST

Notices served on 5 EMOs

MEDICAL SERVICES at the emergency ward of LLR hospital were badly affected due to sudden disappearance of emergency medical officers (EMO).

The hospital, that was largest in the city and situated at the place of utmost geographic importance, was being run by novice doctors. According to hospital records there were five EMOs but at the time of emergency they could not be spotted at their chambers.

Meanwhile, the hospital administration has issued notices to all the five EMOs who belong to the Provincial Medical Services and are not medical college professors.

The LLR hospital is a part of GSVM Medical College, but some PMS doctors are also posted in the hospital.

In the notice, EMOs have been asked to report the reason behind their absence. Sources said these doctors have been found responsible of sheer negligence in the emergency ward. Notably, critical patients from other hospitals were referred to the emergency ward of LLR hospital where kin of patients face many problems when the EMOs were found missing from the hospital.

As the signatures of EMOs were mandatory on the ‘bed head ticket’ of the patients admitted through emergency ward, the patients and their kin had to wait till the time any EMO in the next shift turns up.

According to LLR hospital norms, EMOs were deputed at emergency in three shifts. The first shift started from 8 am- 2 pm, second one from 2 pm to 9.30 pm and the night shift timings were from 9.30 pm to 8 am.

According to a hospital source, EMOs were found absent in all the three shifts. The trend had been persisting for several months.

Following several complaints against these absentee EMOs, the hospital administration has asked them to register their exit from the hospital on a register and inform the higher authorities so that an alternate EMO could be arranged.

When Chief Medical Superintendent of LLR hospital Dr PN Vajpayee was queried about the poor presence of EMOs in the hospital he said, “There have been complaints against all the EMOs therefore notices have been issued against them in this regard.”