BETTER CARE All government hospitals to have nodal officers,consultants to decide on referrals of patients
After the death of 17-year-old road accident victim Anupama at the PGIMER,which is being attributed to the delay in treatment at the institute,comes the approval for the long standing proposal to synchornise all the three government hospitals in the city for better and effective patient care in the city.
At a meeting held on Thursday,attended by the UT Home Secretary-cum-Health Secretary Anil Kumar,Director Health Services Dr Chander Mohan and PGI director Dr Y K Chawla,it was decided that the city will be divided into three different zones for the purpose.
Unlike the present practice,PGI will no longer be treated as a dumping ground for patients for the city-based Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) and Government Medical College and Hospital,(GMCH) from now onwards. The doctors here will have to consult PGI authorities before referring any patient to the lone tertiary care hospital in the city.
The local police will be directed to shift the accident victims to the hospital falling in the respective zone only. Till now majority of such cases were taken to General Hospital Sector 16,from where serious and even those patients who could have been stabilised at the hospital were referred to PGI.
It has been decided to make the Emergency wards consultant oriented. Till now the Emergency wards in all the hospitals are run by junior residents and senior residents. The consultants are available on call only and their main focus remains on their patients in OPDs,Operation Theatres and wards,said the home secretary Anil Kumar.
Also,from now on,a consultant will be attached all the time with the Emergency wards in all the hospitals for better coordination with his counterparts in other hospitals and in case if a patient has to be referred to another hospital,the consultant will be able to decide after inquiring into the condition of the patient in question.
In addition,every hospital will create a post of nodal officer who will be the incharge for coordinating with the three hospitals,added the home cum health secretary.
It must be mentioned that the proposal for synchronisation of the three hospitals and developing a mechanism for coordinating among themselves had been in the pipeline for many years. It was after Anupamas incident that the administration and the PGI were shaken into action.