Patients scramble at capital’s hospital as deployed medics remain absent – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: Even though the state government has endeavored to develop Capital Hospital as a post-graduate medical science and research institute on the model of PGI Chandigarh, the shortage of specialists continues to haunt the first health facility from the city.

Patients have to wait months together for endoscopy and laparoscopic surgeries at the hospital as assistant professors from SCB Medical College and Cuttack Hospital deployed here for super specialty OPD services are not on duty on fixed dates . The state government had asked the SCB MCH to send assistant professors from the neurology department and general and laparoscopic surgeons two days a week regularly to deal with the influx of patients in the capital.

The Superintendent of SCB MCH had therefore deployed assistant professors on a rotational basis to attend the Neurology super specialty OPD service every Monday and to perform endoscopic procedures and laparoscopic surgeries on Thursdays. Sources said that after extending OPD services for a few weeks, the assistant professors are not performing their duty regularly, which is very convenient for patients awaiting treatment.

The neurology department is very overloaded with patients on fixed dates because the on-call doctor comes once a week. Every Monday there is chaos inside the hospital for neurological treatments.
“The reservation sometimes exceeds 300 on a day for a consultation in neurology. The demand for neurology treatment is such that security guards are selling tickets for extra dollars and patients don’t mind paying for treatment,” the sources said. With no assistant professors assigning the OPD services, the Director of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Laxmidhar Sahoo, urged the Superintendent of SCB MCH to ensure that the deployed doctors visit the hospital on fixed dates .

Dr Sahoo said critically ill patients with neurology-related complications are used to attending OPD Super Specialty at Capital Hospital. Many patients also wait for general and laparoscopic surgeries after an endoscopic survey. “We have encountered many difficulties in managing patients who have long been listed for treatment due to the absence of deployed doctors. Patients will suffer if deployment is not assured,” he added.

BHUBANESWAR: Even though the state government has endeavored to develop Capital Hospital as a post-graduate medical science and research institute on the model of PGI Chandigarh, the shortage of specialists continues to haunt the first health facility from the city. Patients have to wait months together for endoscopy and laparoscopic surgeries at the hospital as assistant professors from SCB Medical College and Cuttack Hospital deployed here for super specialty OPD services are not on duty on fixed dates . The state government had asked the SCB MCH to send assistant professors from the neurology department and general and laparoscopic surgeons two days a week regularly to deal with the influx of patients in the capital. The Superintendent of SCB MCH had therefore deployed assistant professors on a rotational basis to attend the Neurology super specialty OPD service every Monday and to perform endoscopic procedures and laparoscopic surgeries on Thursdays. Sources said that after extending OPD services for a few weeks, the assistant professors are not performing their duty regularly, which is very convenient for patients awaiting treatment. The neurology department is very overloaded with patients on fixed dates because the on-call doctor comes once a week. Every Monday there is chaos inside the hospital for neurological treatments. “The reservation sometimes exceeds 300 on a day for a consultation in neurology. The demand for neurology treatment is such that security guards are selling tickets for extra dollars and patients don’t mind paying for treatment,” the sources said. With no assistant professors assigning the OPD services, the Director of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Laxmidhar Sahoo, urged the Superintendent of SCB MCH to ensure that the deployed doctors visit the hospital on fixed dates . Dr Sahoo said critically ill patients with neurology-related complications are used to attending OPD Super Specialty at Capital Hospital. Many patients also wait for general and laparoscopic surgeries after an endoscopic survey. “We have encountered many difficulties in managing patients who have long been listed for treatment due to the absence of deployed doctors. Patients will suffer if deployment is not assured,” he added.

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