Hyderabad: The Health minister, Dr. C. Laxma Reddy, on Wednesday conducted surprise inspections at Gandhi Hospital and placed a senior Resident Medical Officer (RMO), Dr. Saraswati, under suspension for alleged negligence in discharging duties.
The Health minister, who interacted with officials for over three hours and inspected several departments, said that a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 65 beds will be soon be added to the hospital.
A round-the-clock advanced laboratory diagnostic facility, which will provide services to outsiders at a nominal cost, will also come up at Gandhi Hospital, Laxma Reddy said, adding that the laboratory will have advanced medical infrastructure, including MRI and CT scan.
Following the recent incidents at the hospital, the latest one being allegations of ‘expired’ injections administered to 12 children who developed allergic reactions, this is the second visit of the minister to the hospital in the past one month.
Alongwith Director of Medical Education (DME), Dr. M. Ramani, Superintendent, Dr. P. Shravan Kumar, and other senior doctors, Dr.Laxma Reddy checked availability of wheelchairs, stretchers and vital life-saving medicines in the casualty wing and inspected the emergency medical department, ICU blocks and several patient recovery wards at the hospital.
Duties To RMOs
The minister said that there was a need for senior doctors to be given specific responsibilities to make them accountable. “We will assign specific duties to all RMOs who will be held responsible. There is a definite need to streamline administration, which will be done in due course,” he said.
Dr. Laxma Reddy acknowledged the difficulties that security personnel and staff at government hospitals face while trying to control inflow of attenders and patients. “A patient is usually accompanied by at least four to five persons who call themselves relatives. When they are stopped by the security, arguments and ruckus ensues. On their part, the doctors too need to treat patients humanely,” he said.
The minister pointed out that State-run tertiary hospitals were under pressure because of the huge inflow of patients and their relatives. “Gandhi Hospital has 1,100 beds but usually it receives close to 2,000 inpatients every day. The daily inflow of patients in the outpatient wing is over 2,000, which makes it tough to handle. That’s the reason the government has decided to set up three more tertiary hospitals in Hyderabad,” he added.
More Facilities At Gandhi
State-of-the-art ICU with 65 beds to be added to Gandhi Hospital
Round-the-clock advanced laboratory diagnostic facility to come up at hospital
Minister stresses need for senior doctors to be given specific responsibilities
Admits to pressure on facilities at Gandhi due to huge inflow of patients