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Shortage of doctors triggers patients? exodus

WARDS OF the Subhash Chandra Bose District Hospital and the District Women?s Hospital wore a deserted look, as patients shifted to private nursing homes due to an acute shortage of physicians and surgeons in two government-run hospitals.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 00:49 IST

WARDS OF the Subhash Chandra Bose District Hospital and the District Women’s Hospital wore a deserted look, as patients shifted to private nursing homes due to an acute shortage of physicians and surgeons in two government-run hospitals.

The operating theatre at the district women’s hospital has remained locked for the last 10 days, as there is no doctor to give anaesthesia to patients. Elected peoples’ representatives and office- bearers of political parties are tight-lipped on the sensitive issue and patients are bearing the brunt of shortage of doctors in the hospital.

Eleven senior doctors from these hospitals were transferred to other districts on March 29. The chief medical superintendents of both hospitals were astonished over the attitude of health officials. They admitted that a shortage of doctors crippled health services. They said though they had informed senior officials, the latter had taken no action.

They said while transferring doctors out of hospitals, the department had not posted their replacements. There are 305 beds in different wards of the hospital. According to norms, there should be 45 doctors in hospitals. At present, there are only two dozen. Recently two of three surgeons were transferred to other districts, which adversely affected operations in the hospital. Usually 10 to 12 operations were performed here daily.

Senior Congress leader Rais Ahmad, Brij Mohan Sonkar, Markandey Prasad Singh and Kusum Pandey visited the district hospital and criticised the State Government.

They said though Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had repeatedly said that health services was on the priority of the government, the miserable condition of the district hospital had expose his claims. The Congress leader also demanded a check on alleged corruption in the department of ophthalmology and demanded stern action against doctors and medical staff in the hospital.