An unfinished OPD block and a yet-to-be upgraded government hospital in Manimajra have led Government Multi Specialty Hospital,Sector 16 (GMSH-16) to surrender three-fourths of the budget sanctioned to it in 2011-12. Of the total Rs 19.25 crore received at the beginning of this fiscal,GMSH-16 has surrendered Rs 14 crore,thereby utilising only Rs 5.25 crore in the entire year.
Sources said this amount was recently surrendered to the UT Finance Department on account of non-utilisation. On the contrary,the hospital authorities are claiming that it was sanctioned in the budget to buy machines for the new OPD block under construction. A big part of the amount surrendered constituted amounts sanctioned for the ongoing upgradation of Government Hospital,Manimajra,from 50 beds to 100 beds.
Director (Health Services) Chander Mohan said,Both projects are nearing completion. As and when these two buildings are handed to us,we will utilise the funds to procure the machines. Unless that happens,we cannot dump expensive medical equipment in an unfinished OPD block and Manimajra hospital.
These machines have to be kept away from dust and many of them must be placed in an air-conditioned environment. So we had to surrender the money and we had convey this to the Finance Department almost six months ago, said a senior hospital official.
On the other hand,senior doctors in different departments said that the hospital administration did very little to procure some of the most common medicines that used to earlier be given free to patients in different OPDs. Due to non-procurement of medicines this year,patients were forced to buy them from outside. In the beginning,the hospital administration asked us to submit a list of medicines which are commonly prescribed so that these could be given to patients free. Despite sending the list of 50 medicines commonly given in OPDs of departments such as medicine,eye,skin and gynaecology,we never got any medicines, said a senior doctor on condition of anonymity.
With only a month left for this fiscal to end,there is hardly anything that the hospital authorities can do now. Clearly,it is a lack of planning on the part of those at the helm of affairs. Instead of giving back the funds allocated,the hospital authorities should have utilised them to strengthen gray areas, said a senior GMSH-16 doctor.