Delhi cabinet approves hiring of hospital managers for non-clinical work

Professional managers that will be hired on one-year contract will now be responsible for managing crowds, timely maintenance of equipment

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:20 IST
Anonna Dutt
Anonna Dutt
Hindustan Times
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A four-member committee of senior doctors was set-up by the government to access the need of specialised man-power and 92 posts were created accordingly for equipment or store, facility management, patient facilitation, and caretaking. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi cabinet on Wednesday approved a decision to hire hospital managers, to free doctors from administrative work in its hospitals.

Professional managers that will be hired on one-year contract will now be responsible for managing crowds, timely maintenance of equipment, and ensuring that medicines stores are properly stocked at Delhi government hospitals.

A four-member committee of senior doctors was set-up by the government to access the need of specialised man-power and 92 posts were created accordingly for equipment or store, facility management, patient facilitation, and caretaking.

The government had, in fact, sent its senior doctors and some administrative officials to Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in 2016 to train them in hospital management and improve leadership in the areas of purchase, management of personnel and communication with patients.

The move was to free up doctors from non-clinical work.

“Right now, at least five to six doctors in each Delhi government hospital are responsible for overseeing the functioning of the hospital laundry, making rosters of security guards and orderlies, checking the sanitation and ensuring that the personnel and computers at OPD registration counters are working. These tasks can be done by anyone without clinical expertise. So, the government proposed hiring managers,” said a senior official.

“Involvement of doctors in administrative work not only leads to reduction in their clinical output, but also puts an additional load of hospital management on them,” the government release read.

Management graduates with degrees or diplomas in hospital management will be hired for these posts.

The Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain had been pushing for this since the AAP government came to power, saying that senior doctors waste nearly 30% of their time performing administrative tasks.

“Around three to five managers will be deputed at each of the 24 Delhi government hospitals, excluding the autonomous institutes, who will not only free up doctors, but nurses, paramedics, and pharmacists from these non-clinical tasks,” the official said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:20 IST