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Patient test for doctors

The patients admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital would soon assess the sincerity of doctors.

The health department has asked the hospital administration to provide patients with a form for giving details on the visits of doctors during their stay in the health hub. Sources said the department initiated this step after the death of 65-year-old Saraswati Devi at the premier health hub on January 1 because of alleged negligence of doctors. According to the relatives of Devi, doctors did not attend to her when her condition deteriorated.

A senior officer of the department said the idea of launching the system of giving forms to patients for assessing doctors was mooted because similar allegations were levelled on the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) administration earlier also. A senior officer of the hospital administration confirmed that the health hub had received a verbal order in this regard.

Dr Bimal Karak, the deputy superintendent of the hospital, said: “The hospital administration has been asked to ensure that the doctors take round of the wards and attend to the patients in the evening. I can’t divulge more details regarding the order because I am in a meeting.”

Sources in the health department said some officials of the department went to PMCH on January 2 to probe into the matter. Prima facie, they found the charges levelled on the PMCH administration true.

A doctor of PMCH said: “Saraswati Devi was admitted to the hospital on December 5 with a fracture in a leg and head injuries. When her condition deteriorated on December 31, one of the nurses on duty in the ward called a doctor but the medico did not come. On January 1, Devi’s condition became more critical and she died. The hospital register shows that doctors did not attend to the patient even once after December 27.”

A senior officer said the health department would issue a showcause notice to the doctors concerned. “Action would be taken against them if the health department is not satisfied with their answer,” said the official.


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