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The road ahead: A crater on a city street
Bitter taste in minister’s blood sugar test

It is ironic that only after the blood sugar of fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee was detected at different levels in different diagnostic laboratories in the city that the health department seems to have got the wake-up call to respond to this messy aspect of healthcare in West Bengal (Blood test mess miffs minister, Metro, July 23).

However, the minister may not be aware that many factors like a different meal and exercise regimen may also influence the blood glucose level. Even stress may cause fluctuation. It is possible that both results were correct.

On the other hand, bogus test results are a regular feature here as there is hardly any control over the mushrooming laboratories by either the government or the Medical Council. It is indeed amusing that a minister of the ruling government had to test his own blood to realise the bitter truth.

I’ve seen a copy of a completely blank “blood report” card from a popular laboratory in Burdwan that nevertheless contained the signature of a pathologist on an otherwise empty page. Obviously, the “busy” registered pathologist routinely signs these blank reports en masse at his convenience to enable the poorly trained and often unlicensed laboratory workers to do the actual examination and fill up the blank report.

The minister did not suffer but other individuals may not be as lucky. I’ve received complaints of “medical negligence” where a fabricated blood report was produced by a health centre when the patient was actually suffering from malignant malaria and eventually died from it. A proper blood examination could have saved his life.

For ordinary patients, it is almost impossible to establish whether these licenced laboratories have been producing erroneous reports. Unfortunately, the state government is a mere spectator to the state of affairs.

Kunal Saha,
President, People for Better Treatment,Columbus, Ohio.

The hole story

Apropos the report ‘Peril pothole kills cop’ (Metro, July 26), it was painful to read about the tragic death of the sub-inspector of Calcutta Police. How long will the authorities fool citizens with tall promises every time a mishap occurs due to bad roads'

Sunil Banerjee,
VIP Road.

It is sad to read so often about precious life lost due to negligence of either the Corporation or some telecom company or doctors. Death traps are set all over Calcutta in one form or another. The CMC has become very prompt in sending tax bills but has overlooked its duty of rendering services.

Purnima Vasudeva,
Rowland Road.

Arup Chatterjee, mayoral council member in charge of roads, had the audacity to blame the victim for his own death and compared CMC roads with those in Mumbai. He should have talked of the roads of Patna, Kanpur or Burdwan, which do not exist. When will this habit of passing the buck by our politicians stop'

Renu Sashmal,

When a major thoroughfare like CIT Road is in such a state, one shudders to think about the condition of the smaller roads.

Chandan Ray,
Address not given.

It is collective negligence (coupled with total incompetence) of the road repair contractors and the civic officials which is responsible for the death of SI Arun Mazumdar (Cops hit hard in neglect hunt, Metro, July 28). The only way to save the city is to dismiss them and lock them up for manslaughter!

A. Chakravorty,
Jodhpur Park.

Playing politics

The report ‘Assault over refusal to talk assault’ (Metro, July 24) provided us a slice of the present political scenario. It was really sad to know of CMC chairman Anil Mukherjee’s plight, who at his advanced age, has been a victim of Left Front councillors’ ire. It is a shame to even talk of these politicians.

Kunal Ray,

Speak easy

Apropos ‘Twin lessons in Queen’s language’ (Metro, July 24) both measures to improve communication skills in English will definitely help undergraduate students. But, the measures should be introduced from Class IX in secondary schools.

Dinabandhu Mukherjee,

Vivek vote

In response to the letter ‘No faith in our care’ in this column on July 21, I am sending the feedback given by Vivek Oberoi on his treatment in our hospital.

“Thank you for taking such good care of me and making me feel at home. You have treated me like I was your own family. Thank you for genuinely caring for me and comforting me through my pain. You have an excellent team. God bless you all. Lots of love and best wishes. Vivek Oberoi”

Cdr. S.C. Iyer,
CEO, The Calcutta Medical Research Institute.

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