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Lens on docs, patients at hospital

- SKMCH to install hidden cameras for better health services

Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) authorities have decided to install closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras on the premises to improve its functioning.

The health department had sanctioned Rs 12 lakh for this purpose. Hospital authorities said the surveillance would be on doctors, nurses and patients’ attendants. The aim is to ensure better services in the health hub and avoid any ruckus.

SKMCH superintendent G.K. Thakur said: “The behaviour of doctors, health employees as well as of the attendants of patients admitted here would now be captured on the CCTVs. Eighteen CCTVs are being installed inside the hospital. These would become functional in a day or two.”

In the recent past, there have been frequent instances of patients’ attendants creating ruckus on the hospital premises. The attendants also had fisticuffs with nurses and other employees of the hospital. In most cases, the trouble mongers managed to escape.

“The CCTVs would discourage such elements loitering on the hospital premises and indulging in such unruly activities. The CCTV footages would be sent to the principal secretary of the health department, Amarjeet Sinha, for necessary action,” Thakur said. He added that Sinha had made a surprise inspection to the hospital in 2011 and took strong exception at the absence of doctors and health employees from duty.

The hospital superintendent had said the CCTVs would ensure better punctuality among the doctors and other employees of the hospital. He told The Telegraph that the CCTVs would be spread across the strategic wards of the hospital. “This would restrict wayward attendants of patients, who are often found misbehaving with doctors and the medical staff on trivial issues. The CCTV footages would also be an evidence and prove handy for police in cases of investigation,” Thakur said.

He added that the hospital has introduced a process to appraise the performance of the doctors and the medical staff. He hoped that this would help improve the standard of the health hub.

The patients and the attendants are happy with the hospital’s move. Nilesh Kumar, a patient, said: “This would help the doctors serve us better.”