To address the issue of ambulance shortage at PGI, the hospital authorities Monday decided to rope in more NGOs and direct the existing NGOs currently operating at the hospital to strengthen their services. PGI Director, Professor Yogesh Chawla, passed the order on Monday as shortage of ambulances was inconviencing patients’ families to ferry bodies of deceased from the PGI mortuary.
Sources in the PGI said that a meeting was called by PGI Director on Monday regarding lack of sufficient ambulances at PGI which was attended by senior hospital officials.
According to sources, it was decided in the meeting that more NGOs would be asked to provide ambulance services at PGI.
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“The hospital will try to rope in more NGOs so that the patients’ families are not forced to face problems at the Institute,” said an official.
“We are committed to convenience people so that they don’t face any problems. We are taking all necessary steps in this regard,” he added.
The official added that three NGOs which are currently operating at the institute will be asked to “strengthen their services.”
“The three NGOs will be informed that they should provide services round-the-clock without any interval. One NGO has already responded to PGI and assured that they will arrange for three more ambulances to the existing fleet in a month or so,” the official added.
Another PGI official said that the Institute was also working to maintain a uniform rate for all NGOs.
“We are also discussing one fixed rate for all the NGOs so that no one charges according to their choice,” the official informed.
The PGI officials maintain that they would also wait for the recommendations from the committee which is probing the possible internal involvement in the racket.
“They may give some recommendations on how to improve the ambulance service. We will wait for it ,” said the official.
Meanwhile, a committee formed by the PGI director to find possible internal involvement in the recently exposed ambulance racket again met for the third time on Monday.
“We summoned more people for questioning regarding the investigation. So far, no internal involvement has come up before the committee members,” said a committee member.
“We are investigating the case very deeply so that we can reach to some conclusion.”
When contacted, PGI Spokeswoman Manju Wadwalkar said that she was not aware of any meeting held on Monday.
Meanwhile, sources at the PGI also said that all security guards at the Institute would be transferred from their current postings on July 1.
Last week, Chandigarh Newsline had reported how the family members of deceased were bearing the brunt due to shortage of ambulances and funeral vans at PGI to ferry bodies from the mortuary. Recently, the UT police had busted an illegal ambulance racket at PGI in which 10 people were arrested, including seven PGI staff.