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YCMH remains ‘headless’,battles patient rush

Functioning of PCMC-run hospital affected,say doctors.

The Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital,the biggest hospital run by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,is functioning without a proper officer in charge. As a result,the hospital administration is struggling to take care of the patients who keep trooping in not only from Pimpri-Chinchwad,but from all neighbouring areas.

After Dr Anand Jagdale retired as hospital superintendent,Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi appointed his deputy Dr Shyamrao Gaikwad in his place. Like Dr Jagdale,who was given the charge of PCMC chief health officer,Dr Gaikwad has also been given the dual charge of YCMH medical superintendent and chief health officer. After Gaikwad was elevated,the deputy medical superintendent’s post too fell vacant and remains so.

Gaikwad is stated to be available at the hospital primarily in the morning for an hour or so. “After that he has to report to the headquarters where he is busy meeting officials and the commissioner or signing several files. In short,he hardly gets time to go to the YCMH where 1,500 patients are treated daily. If a deputy is appointed,he should be in a position to take care of the hospital,leaving Dr Gaikwad free to look after other civic hospitals,” said an official.

Senior doctors said since a senior person was not in charge,the junior doctors,nurses and even ward boys would refuse to take orders. “The functioning of the hospital has been affected in the absence of a senior authority,” said a doctor.

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When contacted,Gaikwad said the process of appointing a deputy medical superintendent had been started. “Just today,we held discussions on this…” he said.

Hospital sources said there were few claimants for the deputy medical superintendent’s post,with the commissioner keeping a “hawk’s eye” on the functioning of the hospital.

“Especially after an inquiry was initiated against Dr Jagdale on his last day in office,there is a sense of fear among senior doctors. Nobody is ready to stick his neck out,” said a doctor.

However,according to YCMH sources,one person who is likely to get the job is senior surgeon Dr Mangesh Panse. Due to retire in December,Panse had earlier refused to take up the job of hospital superintendent offered by the commissioner. He had reasoned that eight months was too short a time to accept the post and get things going in a proper manner.

“Given his experience in the medical field,the commissioner will persuade him to take up the job in the interest of the hospital. It will also send a right signal that merit is honoured by the PCMC,” said a doctor.