The Jalandhar civil hospital has earned more criticism than praise most of the times and patients allegedly continue to suffer due to the "acute shortage" of nursing, radiologists and other maintenance staff.
HT talked to medical superintendent Dr Jagjit Singh Cheema, who took reins in August 2013, on a number of issues. Excerpts:
Q Patients say getting even basic tests, including X-ray and blood tests, done is difficult at the hospital. Why?
I agree. There are some issues in this regard. We do not have enough staff to provide round-the -clock facilities of X-ray tests, scanning but upcoming 24-hours diagnostic centre in hospital will be helpful in weeding out these issues which might complete this year.
Q The trauma centre does not have basic facility of ventilators on regular basis. In the past two months, two patients who were referred from here, died when ventilators were out of order.
We have not received required funds for repairing it and had asked higher authorities many a time to sanction funds for it. Now, the authorities have asked to repair ventilators with funds collected from user charges.
Q Many women in maternity ward have to share single bed and even authorities fail to provide them the facility.
New beds have been placed in the ward and the issue has been resolved.
QThe sewage treatment plant (STP) project has been hanging fire for the past two years. Why?
We are short of safai karamcharies. We have requested higher authorities to appoint more staff to deal with the problem. We have also requested Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Kumar Gujral to provide some financial assistance to the hospital.
Q Patients complain about negligent attitude of doctors, nursing staff at the hospital and prefer visiting other private hospitals.
Many such incidents occured in the past and inquires are still on. Currently, there are only 95 nurses against the requirement of 140 and they, too, are working in shifts. Higher authorities are well aware of it.