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Patient facilities in scrap space

Scraps occupying space on the Patna Medical College and Hospital campus have started making way for patients’ facilities.

The useless material, including old beds, furniture and gadgets, occupying about a fourth of the health hub were brought out of wards on Monday and kept at designated places. A tender would be floated soon to select a firm and dispose of them.

Dr Lakhendra Prasad, the hospital superintendent, claimed that the principal secretary of health had issued a directive on removing the scraps to the former superintendent of PMCH, Dr Amar Kant Jha Amar. The present incumbent implemented it.

“I have just followed the order of the principal secretary. The move would help remove unnecessary stuff from the hospital and add new facilities,” said Prasad.

“We are dumping old beds, cots and furniture at a designated place. We shall stock old and unfit machines in a separate room. We shall dispose them of following a proper process.”

Hailing the move, a senior doctor of PMCH said: “The hospital administration has finally woken up and taken the decision to clear the mess.”

Dr Mithilesh Kumar, the head of the radiotherapy department, said: “Our department has an old cobalt machine (used for radiation) defunct from 2007. We were thinking of removing it because we bought a new one in 2001. Now that the hospital administration has decided to remove the old machines, we won’t have to use our brain much on the issue,” said Kumar.

Some doctors expressed reservations over the clear-the-mess move of the hospital administration. A senior doctor on the condition of anonymity said: “Several old beds and cots could have been reused after minor repair. I fail to understand why the hospital administration has decided to dump them.”

A senior doctor of the medicine department said: “We are worried what would happen if the vigilance department questions the doctors as to why some costly machines were removed within few years of their purchase”