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Patients suffer at PGI as nurses deployed on store duty: Audit

The PGI’s audit report for 2015-16 has pointed out that the premier institute has a shortage of around 10% nursing staff. The audit that also points out that nurses are being deployed for maintenance of stores etc states that there is a shortage of 247 nurses across all categories. There are 2,325 nurses in contrast to the sanctioned strength of 2,572.

punjab Updated: Mar 03, 2017 14:50 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
PGIMER, Chandigarh
PGIMER, Chandigarh(HT File Photo)

The PGI’s audit report for 2015-16 has pointed out that the premier institute has a shortage of around 10% nursing staff. The audit that also points out that nurses are being deployed for maintenance of stores etc states that there is a shortage of 247 nurses across all categories. There are 2,325 nurses in contrast to the sanctioned strength of 2,572.

“… Assistant nursing superintendents (ANS) have been deputed for maintenance of sub-store/stock accounts of various types of material/articles/appliances issued to the respective wards from the central stores. However, this type of work was never mentioned in their job summary/duties and functions prescribed as per their job requirement and qualification,” states the audit report.

“Patient care suffers due to this because handsome salary is being paid to the staff for doing nothing as per their job status,” the audit report says, adding that the PGI failed to reply to its queries in this regard.

Delay in installing ventilators hurt patients at PGI

The audit also points that delay in installation of ventilators ordered at a cost of around `90 lakh at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre (APC). The delay deprived patients of medical care, the report adds.

To be supplied by a Singapore-based firm, the order was placed in March 2011 and was to be supplied in 84 days, but “...some components/parts were delivered on September 15, 2011 with a delay of 237 days,” the report documents. One of the six ventillators costing Rs 15 lakh became dysfunctional during installation itself.

The report added, “As the firm defaulted in supply and installation of ventilators, it was to pay charges (at 10% of the contract value) amounting to Rs 7.5 lakh to the PGIMER.”

The institute has not even blacklisted the report nor has it submitted a reply in this regard, as per the audit.

MS went for “unauthorised” foreign tour

The audit report had called the foreign tour by the medical superintendent (MS), AK Gupta, as unauthorised. In 2014, Dr Gupta had taken an extraordinary leave from September 15 to December 15 without the consent of the governing body. His leave was cancelled by the then health minister, however he stayed back and filed an appeal with the ministry seeking permission, but he got no reply.

In December, 2015 the ministry issued a letter to the director seeking regular departmental proceedings against Dr Gupta. In July 2016, he was chargesheeted.

“The leave was declined by the president of the institute on September 11, well before leaving the institute on September 13, 2012, however it was conveyed to the officer on September 29…. This tantamount to lapse on the part of the administration and the officer has availed the unauthorised foreign assignment which was against the guidelines issued for the purpose,” the audit report states.

Of Rs 1.9 cr grant, PGI spent zilch

Despite getting grant of Rs 190.7 lakh in 2015 for 76 projects, the institute has not spent a single penny on the research work.

“…Total 938 project / grant-in-aid were sanctioned to be undertaken by the various departments of the institution under the supervision of heads of the respective departments,” states the audit report.

“The matter was brought to the notice of the Financial Advisor, but no reply was furnished

Delay in Rs1.1 cr research project

In 2000, the government announced an initiative “Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology infrastructure in universities and higher educational institutions (FIST) to rebuild the Science and Technology infrastructure in the country. This grant was released to the Department of Biochemistry to strengthen the research facilities in the department.

The equipment was purchased only in 2015-16. The non-procurement of equipments causes delay in implementation of the project and strengthening the existing Science and Technology infrastructure support in the department of Bio-chemistry, PGIMER in spite the funds were received well in advance before the closing of 2015-16, the audit report says.