Siliguri, Oct. 9: The North Bengal Medical College and Hospital has worked out the leave of around 300 doctors for Durga Puja this year in such a way that at least half of them are present to attend to patients during the six-day festival starting tomorrow.
Sabyasachi Das, the hospital superintendent, said the festivities had been divided into two halves, the first comprising Sashti, Saptami and Ashtami and the second with Navami, Dashami and Ekadashi.
“The doctors have been given the option of taking their leave either during the first half or the second half of the festival. The doctors would discuss among themselves and decide on which days they want to take leave to ensure that half of them are present at the hospital at any given time during Durga Puja,” said Das.
Hospital officials said the system had been worked out considering that in the previous years, most of the doctors availed themselves of leave at the same time during the pujas and patient care was hampered.
“We have around 300 doctors at the NBMCH and most of them are from outside north Bengal. In the previous years, majority of the doctors used to take leave during the first half of the festival, that is on Sashti, Saptami, Ashtami, to be at their homes. So, only a few doctors were present during the pujas and they had to shoulder the responsibility of nearly 1,000 patients admitted to the hospital at any given time,” an NBMCH official said
“In addition to that, nearly 800 patients visited the out-patient departments at the hospital everyday. This created a crisis as the few doctors couldn’t attend to all patients and healthcare was affected. There were also instances when the relatives of patients created chaos as doctors couldn’t take care of their patients. It is good that a system has been worked out so that patient care is not hampered this year.”
The official said the doctors needed to be always prepared for emergencies.
The doctors said the new system would be convenient for them.
“It is a convenient arrangement for us because we can enjoy the celebration as well as attend our duties,” said a junior doctor.