Staff flee, Noida’s only govt hospital goes into a coma
The district hospital in Sector 30, the only government healthcare facility in Noida, was closed “for all practical purposes” on Thursday.india Updated: Apr 19, 2012 23:21 IST
The district hospital in Sector 30, the only government healthcare facility in Noida, was closed “for all practical purposes” on Thursday.
“The hospital closed its operation theatre and out patient department as the cleaning staff went off duty over non-payment of salary. Fourteen doctors and 53 nurses have already stopped work when their contract, which ended on March 30, was not renewed,” said a senior doctor.
Doctors attributed the problem to the vacant post of the Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO). The post of CEO, who works as a nodal officer for the district hospital and takes all policy decisions, has been lying vacant for more than a month now. The acting CEO, Anil Raj Kumar, is in hospital for treatment.
The district hospital is being run on a sprawling campus where a Rs.700-crore super-speciality hospital, a dream project of former chief minister Mayawati, has come up, but is awaiting inauguration. Doctors hospital said they wrote to the chief minister about the condition but to no avail.
A private agency, ‘Everyday Solutions’ had provided 125 employees, including supervisors, attendants, sweepers and ward boys. It withdrew its staff as the government did not release salary pending for four months despite repeated reminders.
Doctors said, in the last four days, the entire hospital has not been cleaned. As a result, all departments including OT, OPD and even emergency wards are in complete mess. The deteriorating hygiene levels forced the hospital administration to shut services. “The state government has ignored us completely. We no more can afford to run the hospital. We want chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to do something about it,” said Dr PK Jha, spokesperson of the hospital.
“The previous government said that after the elections money would be paid. But the new government is not interested. We cannot work for free,” said Samir Chandra, manager (operations) of ‘Everyday Solutions’.