A day after the nursing staff of the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) went on protest as 80 contractual nurses on deputation at the hospital were called back to Rajendra Hospital, Patiala, the patients bore the brunt of the situation.
There are about 204 nurses at the GNDH, associated with Government Medical College, Amritsar including 170 contractual nurses and 80 nurses on deputation from Rajendra Medical College associated with Government Medical College, Patiala.
A visit to the hospital on Thursday reflected the misery of patients admitted at the hospital, along with helplessness of hospital authorities to manage the hospital with lack of staff.
Normally, eight nurses are on duty for 26 wards of the hospital. But due to the ongoing agitation, the services have been hit and patients troubled.
The paediatric wards of the Bebe Nanki Mother and Child care centre at the hospital suffered the most. Kulwant Kaur, a resident of Fatehgarh Churian, whose son is admitted in the paediatrics unit 2 said, “I have not seen any nurse after 12 pm. For every small thing, we are compelled to go to the doctors. I also had to administer an injection to my son because nobody was present on duty.”
Even in the emergency ward, only two nurses were present to look after the entire ward. A senior nurse of the condition of anonymity said, “It is difficult to manage as lot of staff members are on leave too.”
Dr Ram Saroop Sharma, medical superintendent of the hospital said, “I have been informed that proceedings to cancel their orders have begun. I am waiting for the written orders for the same.”
Raj Bedi Anand, president, nursing association said, “I have been verbally communicated by the directorate of research and medical education (DRME) Dr Sujata Sharma that our orders have been cancelled. She has assured me that the issue will be resolved.”
However, the authorities at the GNDH could not verify the cancellation of the order. The nursing staff members also met local leaders for the solution to their problems