Facing an acute shortage of equipment required in operation theatres, the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital has decided to shut OT services in general surgery department from December 1. An order to this effect was issued by the department on November 6.
The order cites shortage of essentials such as laparoscopic sets; OT tables; patient transfer trolleys; post-operative ICU beds; OT ceiling lights; and a C-arm, and has been marked to top administrative officials. The OT caters to around 15-20 patients daily.
The order, issued by head of department Dr P Lal, said they have sent numerous demands to the hospital procurement section but to no avail.
“The undersigned has managed to procure expensive laparoscopic equipment on a loan basis… for 18 months from various companies so that patient care is unaffected… and training of resident doctors remains unaffected. This was done in the hope that the hospital would eventually be able to procure these items. But the same have not been processed or put on the burner/shelved,” wrote the HOD.
Health Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar told The Indian Express: “We are aware of the problems and immediate steps are being taken to fill the gap. Services will not be shut and purchases will be made before December 1.”
According to sources, the orthopaedics department also faced a similar problem. Senior doctors said that on November 1, the department’s OT services were delayed due to shortage of nursing orderlies. “Ideally we operate around 15 cases, but on that day, services started at 12 pm and only four cases were operated. Not a single nursing orderly was available for the four OTs,” claimed a senior doctor.