Long queues of pregnant women outside the gynaecology department at the civil hospital here are very common as patients have to wait for hours for their turn.
Though there are three gynaecologists in the civil hospital here, most of the patients are not aware of the same and they only go to Dr Kiran, who sits in an old building.
When asked, most of the patients said they were not aware that the hospital had two more gynaecologists. A patient Sukhdeep Kaur said that when she went to gynaecologist Neha Gupta's clinic, she was surprised to see that there was not a single patient in her room. She added, "The person at the registration window should tell the patients that there are three gynaecologists, so that patients do not waste their time."
Ramesh Kumar, who had accompanied his wife for her check up said, "We do not know about other doctors as there is nobody to tell us."
Gynaecologist Dr Kiran, who seems to be the first choice of most of the patients said, "I don't call patients; it is uo to them who they like to visit after registration."
She added, "Before my posting in Sangrur three-and-a-half years ago, I had worked in almost all sub divisions of the district. People know me very well which is why they come to me. It is up to the doctors to become the choice of patients."
To add to the problem, there is no seating arrangement or waiting hall for pregnant ladies outside the gynaecology department which creates inconvenience for the patients who have to stand for hours for their turn.
When the issue was raised with chief medical officer Subdh Gupta, he said, "I will talk to the senior medical officer (SMO) so that hospital staff can inform the patients about the other doctors available."
Protest against SMO
Protesting outside the hospital, relatives of Raghubir Singh demanded immediate transfer of SMO Balwant Singh for his alleged rough behavior with the patients.
In a memorandum submitted to the deputy commissioner,Raghubir alleged that on October 11,his three-year-old son met with an accident. He rushed him to the emergency ward of the hospital where the doctor asked him to bring thread and gloves from outside. When he raised the issue with SMO Balwant Singh, he did not give him a satisfactory reply.
"I requested the pharmacist to provide thread and gloves, but he refused, saying that he is not allowed to do so. After leaving my son, who was bleeding,I went to a private medical shop. The whole process took 15 minutes," he added.
CMO Subodh Gupta said, "Following the complaint, we have sought an explanation from the SMO."