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No doctors for almost ready 100-bed civil hospital in Chandigarh’s Sector 48

Talking to HT, health secretary Arun Kumar Gupta said, “We need doctors. The hospital is 99% complete, but we are waiting for sanctioning of manpower from the central government. We have already taken up the matter with the government.”

punjab Updated: Jul 29, 2018 21:08 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
No doctors,Sector 48,civil hospital
Newly Constructed Civil Hospital Sector 48 in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)

A 100-bed civil hospital in Sector 48 is near completion, but the UT health department is yet to hire manpower to start operations here.

Started in 2016, the hospital’s construction will be ready in around a month.

The hospital has been constructed to cater to residents of adjoining southern sectors, besides Ram Darbar and Mauli Jagran.

It is proposed to have out-patient departments for medicine, gynaecology, surgery and paediatrics, besides 24-hour emergency services.

Talking to HT, health secretary Arun Kumar Gupta said, “We need doctors. The hospital is 99% complete, but we are waiting for sanctioning of manpower from the central government. We have already taken up the matter with the government.”

He said having adequate manpower was a major challenge ahead for the health department. “The problem is that for creation of every post, the department needs to refer it to the government for sanction. With recruitment added, this takes a lot of time,” Gupta said.

When asked whether some doctors could be transferred to the upcoming hospital, the health secretary said, “It’s not possible as the current number of doctors is not even sufficient to support the existing infrastructure.”

Ruling out the possibility of leasing out the hospital on public-private partnership model, he said, “That will increase the consultancy charges, and the whole purpose of providing affordable healthcare to people will be defeated.”

GMCH-32 may share load

In the absence of manpower, the health department has considered handing over the hospital’s operations to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. But nothing has been finalised yet.

“In the meantime, we could have GMCH-32 run some departments like oncology, which are overburdened,” the health secretary said.

Dr BS Chavan, director principal, GMCH-32 said, “The health department had approached us, but no decision has been taken. At the moment, it is not clear which facilities can be relocated there.”

Upgrade of healthcare infra need of the hour

Creation of more healthcare infrastructure is the need of the hour for the UT health department, which is witnessing ever-increasing patient load from adjoining states. Over 68 lakh patients visited the out-patient departments of government hospitals in Chandigarh in 2016-17. Over 32 lakh patients were examined in government hospitals and dispensaries of UT health department, while the number was over 27 lakh at PGIMER and over 6 lakh at GMCH-32.

Earlier, during monitoring of the state of health infrastructure in Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana high court had taken a strong note of the high referrals to PGIMER and questioned GMSH-16 and GMCH-32 for upgrade of facilities.

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 21:05 IST