Search teams find poor facilities, malpractices at govt hospitals

At Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, officials said two safai karamcharis were suspended after employees were found accepting money on duty.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2014 2:27:41 am

Inspections continued in government and private hospitals on Wednesday even as several government hospitals submitted reports to the Lt-Governor outlining measures taken to resolve issues pointed out by L-G Najeeb Jung during a visit last month.

Three teams visited Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Khichripur, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini and Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital in Jahangirpuri. Another three teams visited private hospitals to inspect facilities being provided to poor patients. Officials from the L-G’s office said the government hospitals were deficient in patient amenities which ranged from lack of seating space, inadequate cooling, non-availability of medicines to inadequate diagnostic and lab facilities.

Officials said they also found instances of malpractices — discrepancies in surgical store and poor record keeping — at Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. At Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, officials reported extortion by an outsourced staff in the Gynaecology Unit.

At Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, officials said two safai karamcharis were suspended after employees were found accepting money on duty. A departmental enquiry has been initiated in the matter.  Further, the services of four outsourced guards/sanitation workers have been terminated and a showcause notice is being issued to the concerned agency. A written complaint has been made to Anti-Corruption Branch, for further action, officials said.

The L-G’s office said notices would be issued to private hospitals that violated court directions to reserve 25 per cent of their out patient facility and 10 per cent of their admissions for poor patients.   In a private hospitals in Vasant Kunj, it was found that free medicines are not being provided to OPD patients. There was no EWS helpdesk either, officials said.

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