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'Simple process' for registering at PGI's emergency not an easy task

punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2014 12:04 IST
Vishav Bharti Vishav Bharti
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If you want to register yourself at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) emergency, it may not be an easy deal as the institute has created a bureaucratic barrier around a simple registration process.


A visit by this correspondent to the PGIMER revealed that patients at the emergency registration window were simply declined the registration by the staff saying they could not register in the emergency until a doctor recommended any patient. Even, attendants of critical patients were asked to first get it written from a treating doctor to get the registration card.

But according to sources at PGIMER, to get an emergency treatment, it is not necessary for a patient to be referred by a super-specialty hospital or a medical college. It is learnt that the modus operandi is that doctors write on a blank slip with his/her signs prescribing to make a registration card. The registration card is made only after the patient or his attendant produces that slip signed by the doctor at the registration window.

The PGIMER is pursuing this practice for past several years and that too without any rule or regulation. Even nothing regarding this has been written on the registration window for the patients' knowledge.

The sources also revealed that there is no written order from any PGIMER official regarding this practice to the central registration department, which makes registration cards of the patients. Interestingly, the sources revealed that this way had been devised by resident doctors only.

It is worth mentioning here that a patient, Manoj Kumar, a Patiala resident, who passed away due to alleged negligence of the PGIMER on Monday, also faced a similar problem. He faced the problem despite the fact that he was referred to PGIMER emergency from Rajindra Medical College in Patiala and a doctor of the rank of associate professor, a patient's relative, was also accompanying the patient.
When contacted Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson of the institute, said that every patient is registered the moment he/she reaches at the PGIMER.


If you want to register yourself at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) emergency, it may not be an easy deal as the institute has created a bureaucratic barrier around a simple registration process.