PGI switches off 'houseful' message
A day after HT highlighted the insensitive attitude of the PGIMER administration, the institute has switched off the electronic board that said "Emergency is full".chandigarh Updated: Sep 11, 2013 23:20 IST
A day after HT highlighted the insensitive attitude of the PGIMER administration, the institute has switched off the electronic board that said "Emergency is full".
The administration of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) had last week installed the electronic board on the main entrance of the emergency wards. The institute had said that the board did not mean refusal of treatment but had been installed "only to tell the actual picture to the patients" that the doctors were overburdened.
Visits on Tuesday and Wednesday revealed that the board was switched off. Sources said it had been switched off on Tuesday morning by the institute's engineering department.
The board had come about reportedly after pressure by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), which gave a representation to the director saying that the department was "in complete mess" due to overburden. The emergency block is indeed overburdened with the occupancy rate at the Emergency at the PGIMER being thrice its bed capacity of around 200 on any given day, most patients being treated on stretchers. However, there was resentment over the wording of the message.
When contacted, Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson of the institute, claimed, "The board is working." And then she added, "We will install a board in Hindi also."
However, sources said the institute was planning to change the insensitive wording of the board by displaying the list of patients or other such real-time information.