With more than a dozen doctors gone for summer vacation, health services at the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, have been severely affected for some time as patients are at the receiving end.
It has been learnt that more doctors will go on leave in the coming days, which may worsen the situation.
Taking note of this, the civil hospital authorities sent a SOS to the civil surgeon requesting him to arrange doctors from other hospitals for running several crucial departments, such as surgery and anesthesia.
The civil hospital's outpatient department (OPD), which receives around 1,000-1,200 patients a day, will have to rely on doctors temporarily arranged from other sub-divisional hospitals of the district.
The trauma ward, one of the most important sections of the civil hospital and suffering neglect due to paucity of funds since its inception in 2009, will be severely hit with so many doctors gone on summer vacation.
The situation at the x-ray department, already suffering due to shortage of radiographers and radiologists for few years, is no better as patients have to wait the entire day to get a scan, x-ray or CT scan report.
Moreover, emergency services are also affected as two of the doctors are on leave as a result of which the emergency ward remains crowded and the patients have to wait for hours waiting for their turn to come.
Moreover, the workload of working doctors has increased significantly and they are finding it difficult to perform their duties effectively.
The civil hospital authorities, however, claim the doctors' vacation is not affecting the routine OPD working.
But the situation is different, it has been learnt.
A 400-bedded facility, the Jalandhar civil hospital is the largest state-run healthcare facility in the state having over 45 specialist doctors, including four senior medical officers, and 89 staff nurses.
If doctors are shifted from other hospitals, health services there will be affected.
Medical superintendent, civil hospital, Dr Kelash Kapoor, said. "Some doctors are on leave but their absence will not affect the services as other other doctors will perform duties."
"We have requested the civil surgeon to provide us some doctors such as a surgeon," he added.
Civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan said, "I have received request from the hospital authorities for a surgeon and anaesthetists. Arrangements of shifting some doctors from other hospitals have been made."