In a bid to make health services better, the civil surgeons will also oversee the functioning of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals in their respective districts.
The ESI hospitals at Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Phagwara and Mandi Gobindgarh are being managed by medical superintendents. The state also has 70 ESIC dispensaries.
Director health (ESI) Dr Gulshan Rai said the decision has been taken for better coordination between the ESI and general hospitals. “The civil surgeon can take the staff from the ESI hospitals if he needs to depute in general hospitals and similarly, he can depute staff of other hospitals in ESI hospitals,” Rai added.
He said the civil surgeons would also promote the scheme of treatment or health check-up of the general patients or non-ESIC card holders in the ESI hospitals.
The civil surgeons have also ordered to install flex boards in the city for the publicity of the scheme. The scheme was getting a lukewarm response since it was launched in August 2015.
At present, the primary and subsidiary health hospitals in the districts are under the direct supervision of the civil surgeon and four civil hospitals in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Ludhiana are being headed by medical superintendents.
The government stated that the decision would help in reducing the workload of the other government health institutions, especially civil hospital.
Moreover, it will also lead to optimum utilisation of facilities and infrastructure at the ESIC hospitals that remained unutilised most of the time in the year. Jalandhar has a 100-bedded ESIC hospital. Around 350 patients visit the OPD per day. The 400-bedded Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital, which is adjacent to the ESIC hospital is visited by 1,300 patients per day.
Patients have to stand in long queues for hours at the civil hospital to get themselves examined. It has around 45 specialists, including four senior medical officers and 80 staff nurses, working at the civil hospital.