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Government hospitals: healthcare in shambles

Delhi government hospitals cater to approximately 1.70 crore patients every year,through 188 health centres (including primary health centres (PHCs) and dispensaries among others) 26 hospitals and nine autonomous nursing homes.

Delhi government hospitals cater to approximately 1.70 crore patients every year,through 188 health centres (including primary health centres (PHCs) and dispensaries among others) 26 hospitals and nine autonomous nursing homes.

The latest performance audit (2006-07) of the Delhi government revealed the following:

Not paper-free yet

Despite spending Rs 98.35 lakh on computerisation,not a single state government hospital is using its computerised system for monitoring supplies and inventories.

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Delay of drug supply

The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) imposed a penalty of Rs 33.55 lakh on suppliers in 330 cases for delaying the supply of drugs between 2003 and 2008.

Patient:counter ratio

Patient:pharmacy counter ratio at major hospitals under the state government like GTB Hospital,Lok Nayak Hospital and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital are 575:1,342:1 and 1048:1 respectively.

Non-functional equipment

CT scan machines worth Rs 4.25 crore were purchased for GTB Hospital in 2001,but never utilised,repaired or replaced.
1,000 Digital X-Ray machines were purchased for Rs 2.14 crore,but the machines have been non-functional since 2004. No penalty has been issued on the supplier.

Sub-standard quality of medicines

GTB Hospital issued 3,09,160 tablets of Diclofenac Sodium,22,000 tablets of Phentytoin Sodium and 6,875 bottles of Paracetamol — All these drugs failed laboratory testing.
Besides GTB Hospital,patients consumed 7,679 bottles of Calcium Syrup,1,370 bottles of Diphenydramine,19,138 bottles of Promethazine and 17,025 bottles of Cyprohepatadine syrups — all of which were later found to be sub-standard quality drugs issued from the central store.

Unutilised funds—Rs 83.38 crore

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The following fund amounts were issued to respective hospital suppliers but nothing was purchased:

GB Pant Hospital

Rs 28.72 crore

Lok Nayak Hospital

Rs 39.09 crore

GTB Hospital

Rs 13.57 crore

BS Ambedkar Hospital

Rs 2 crore

Equipment purchased but not installed AT hospitals

GB Pant Hospital — 35

LN Hospital — 48

GTB Hospital — 43

BS Ambedkar Hospital 0— 8

First published on: 11-05-2009 at 02:31:54 am
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