Adviser of health and medical education to Punjab government Dr KK Talwar visited the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Tuesday, and held a meeting with the senior officials and doctors.
Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal, deputy medical commissioner Dr Jasveer Singh, senior medical officer Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu and others were also present in the meeting, which continued for an hour.
Dr Talwar talked about each and every aspect of the hospital, including problems, resources, needs, suggestions and solutions, revealed the sources.
The data regarding infrastructure and strength of doctors and nurses in the hospital was also collected. It was discussed that how the hospital could utilise its own resources to raise funds. Besides, it was also discussed that hospital might increase the charges of services, which don’t come under the primary healthrelated services, like mortuary charges or the Medico Legal Cases (MLC).
Talking about their problems, to increase the number of specialists, govt is also offering jobs to pg general quota doctors, doing md and ms. Dr kk talwar, adviser, health and medical education, Punjab govt doctors of civil hospital talked about interference by the politicians. The issue regarding government’s order in which doctors doing PG on government’s quota will be paid basic salary was also discussed and Dr Talwar noted this issue for discussing it with higher authorities.
Dr Talwar noted down the demands for upgrading of hospital. Hospital authorities put forward the demand of infrastructure, like cell counting machine in the lab, oxygen cylinders for the beds in operation theatre or paediatrics intensive care unit and others. He also noted down the demand of staff members for intensive care unit (ICU), which has to be started at civil hospital.
Talking to HT, Dr Talwar said, “Government is making every effort to increase the number of doctors in government hospitals, and have taken few steps recently.”
He said now MD/MS diploma holders are also being considered for the specialist jobs and government has started walk-ininterviews to fasten the process of recruitments.
“To increase the number of specialists, now government is also offering jobs to PG general quota doctors, doing MD and MS,” Dr Talwar said.
He said, “More psychiatrists and specialists are being recruited for de-addiction centres and government has its focus on these centres. Now, nursing students are also brought as interns at government hospitals, which are proving to be very helpful in managing the work.”
On strike by the specialists doctors or other medical fraternity, Dr Talwar said, “Strike is not compatible to the spirit of doctor’s profession and I think doctors may find some other way to mark their protest.”
Dr Talwar urged the society to contribute for increasing health facilities at hospitals.