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Zero tolerance for negligence

Hazaribagh, Jan. 2: Hazaribagh’s new civil surgeon Om Prakash Arya has already underlined his priorities, saying that his main focus would be to improve the quality of health services at Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital and ensure that all doctors were performing their duties with dedication and honesty.

Arya, who took over charge as the 44th civil surgeon of the district from predecessor Vinay Kumar yesterday, formally joined office today. That he has little tolerance for inefficiency and means serious business was apparent when he declared that he would see to it that all patients were getting required treatment and summoned the doctors and other staff of sadar hospital to get a first-hand report about the facilities on offer.

Arya, who did a recce of all the wards, declared that his first move would be to install a bell at the sadar hospital to alert doctors about any serious patient being wheeled in.

“The bell will be rung whenever a serious patient is brought in the hospital and all doctors present anywhere on the campus have to rush for emergency duty,” he said.

He added that he didn’t want to comment on the work culture and efficiency of doctors and the medical staff in the district, but was serious about getting results.

“I want results, which means that patients should be given proper treatment here. I will not hesitate before taking stern action against any one found to be neglecting his or duties if a complaint comes to me. I will take action right from issuing showcause notice to blocking their salaries,” Arya warned.

Doctors, who are involved in private practice, need to worry as well as the civil surgeon has promised to keep an eye on them.

“All I want is that patients shouldn’t return disappointed. I will monitor the working of each and every employee,” he informed.

The 220-bed sadar hospital, which got the status of regional hospital in 2007, draws patients from Koderma, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra and Giridih.

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