A House committee of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, which probed the high number of infant deaths in the valley's only children hospital here, has recommended setting up of a new 300 bed state-of-the-art paediatric hospital besides improving functioning of the GB Pant Hospital.
In the wake of uproar over the mounting infant deaths in the hospital early this year, speaker MA Lone had on May 18 directed the committee on estimates to examine the situation and submit its observations, recommendations and directions for their implementation by the government.
Led by Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, the 16-member committee recommended a ban on private practice of doctors in all teaching hospitals, expediting approval of contingency plan of Rs. 4 crore in planning and development department and called for strict vigil on the overall administration of the hospital.
Immediate steps should be taken to establish the new state-of-the-art paediatric hospital, with maternity services, with a minimum bed capacity of 300 beds vis-a-vis manpower requirements as envisaged by Medical Council of India, the committee said in its report tabled in the assembly here on Wednesday.
The report called for completing the inquiry within a period of one month against the then medical superintendent Javed Choudhary and action against him as warranted under law for various alleged lapses.
It also sought disciplinary action against faculty members for their negligence in taking due care of patients resulting in the death of patients in units under their command and control.
The committee also recommended setting up of paediatric and neonatal units at all district hospitals to provide round-the-clock intensive care services there besides immediate measures to establish secondary level paediatric hospitals at regional levels.
The committee recommended immediate disbanding of the existing purchase committee and called for setting up of "Procurement Division" on the analogy of Tamil Nadu.
"Immediately revise the procedure for procurement of medicine and hospital equipment and ensure the purchase of the same from reputed and standard companies only," the committee said.
It also called for adequate manpower and other additional housing infrastructure to the GB Pant Hospital as it is the only tertiary institution of its kind, catering to requirements of not only the valley, but also the adjacent areas of Banihal, Kishtwar and Doda.
The committee also called for expediting the setting up of a microbiological laboratory at the hospital, filling of vacant posts on fast track basis and arrange training courses for specialised training of nurses.
The report also recommended taking up the matter of civil control over the administration of the hospital with the cantonment authorities in order to do away with the dual control resulting in "chaos and confusion".
"Take up the matter regarding providing of additional (adequate) space to the hospital from the available area around the hospital premises, with the cantonment authorities to overcome the shortage of space for various services in the hospital," the committee said.
It also called for augmentation of nursing staff and security arrangements in view of heavy rush of visitors, sanitary facilities, air conditioning facility in the operation theatre, NICU, PICU in order to maintain the temperature and humidity as per the national guidelines.