Lack of emergency medical officers at Sub Divisional Civil Hospital, Samrala, has left patient care in disarray, besides increasing the workload of doctors in various departments.
The post of emergency medical officer (EMO) has been lying vacant for the past several months owing to which some of the specialist doctors are being made to work in emergency ward.
Iqbal Singh, a patient, said: “I waited outside a doctor's room for an hour but later I came to know that he was not available.”
On requesting anonymity, an official at the hospital said: “Patients are suffering due to lack of emergency medical officers. Earlier, doctors in other departments used to perform emergency duty so that there was no trouble but now four doctors have refused to extend help.”
“Vacancies must be filled as it is the need of hour. Government should recruit more doctors so that other doctors do not feel overburdened,” he said.
Dr Narinder Kumar, senior medical officer at Samrala Civil Hospital said: “Of the three posts of emergency medical officers, one is lying vacant due to which doctors in other departments have to suffer.”
Dr Kumar said patients generally came with the complaints that doctor was not available at OPD due to their duty in emergency ward. He appealed to the authorities to deploy another MBBS doctor for emergency duty so that proper services could be provided to patients.
Dr Avinash Jindal, president of PCMS Specialist Doctors Association, Ludhiana, said: “The state government
should recruit more MBBS doctors for EMO/postmortem duties and they should be given benefit of EMO duties for PG admission. This will help to solve the problem. We have also met the health minister regarding the recruitment of more doctors.”
Meanwhile, civil surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta said: “There is some shortage of staff but we will look into the matter if there is any problem."