Cleanliness goes for a toss at civil hospital

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, JALANDHAR:
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 23:21 IST
The hospital is struggling to manage both cleanliness operations and work of assistants and technicians. (HT Photo )

As lack of cleanliness is a major reason behind Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital being kicked out from the list of best district hospitals, it has come to light that the hospital management itself is responsible for the situation as around 20 ward servants and sweepers are engaged in jobs of assisting doctors, tailoring work and electrocardiogram technicians (ECG).

The attendance of ward servants and sweepers is being marked in their designated registers on a routine basis but they are doing other odd jobs for which they are not qualified. The hospital is struggling to manage both cleanliness operations and work of assistants and technicians.

Ward servants can be seen preparing official files, working on computers, and even the job of elevator operator is being done by them.

Details gathered from informed sources reveal that 110 regular posts of ward servants are sanctioned at the hospital, but the hospital is making-do with 85 ward servants, including 59 males and 26 females.

In contract posts of 15 ward servants, 5 are lying vacant. Against 57 regular sanctioned posts of sweepers, there are only 42 sweepers in the hospital, including 25 males and 17 females.

The trauma ward has a total sanctioned strength of 15 ward servants out of which 10 are filled, but only 6 are doing their designated job. Three ward servants are deputed in the medical device reporting branch (MDR) and helping the staff in preparing files for the patients.

The posts of elevator operator and tailor are lying vacant ever since the regular employees got retired. Hospital authorities assigned jobs to ward servants after the retirement of regular employees and they are still doing it. The role of the receptionist is also being done by ward servants.

One of the ward servants bandages the wounds of patients and even stitches wounds at times. Some ward servants are doing jobs of computer operators and their own jobs have been handed over to sweepers, creating a tangle of shortage of manpower for every task.

A senior functionary of the hospital said the lack of manpower is a serious issue due to which they are unable to tackle the huge influx of patients at the hospital. He said the circumstances show that the hospital is severely crippled and cannot perform well in any assessment by a state or national-level committee.

He further said the higher officials have complete knowledge about the state of affairs at the hospital, but they don’t have the willingness to take action.

Around 2,000 patients visit the OPD daily and 150 patients are admitted in the hospital on an average and it is really difficult to manage them with inadequate staff.

Medical superintendent Veena Pal said the hospital is already struggling hard with vacant posts in many wings and that is why employees have been posted in branches or wings other than their designated work. She said the hospital would fill the posts by outsourcing and would pay the new employees from charges collected from patients.

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