Even as the SCB Medical College and Hospital undergoes significant infrastructural development with establishment of new advanced facilities, basic areas seem to have remained neglected.
The Casualty Department is a glaring example of what is ailing in the premier hospital.
Lack of adequate doctors and staff coupled with infrastrucural inadequacies has not only hampered functioning of the vital wing but also frequent trouble between doctors and the public.
Drawing attention to the recent clash between relative of a child, who died in the Department, and doctors, the Orissa High Court-appointed advocates committee on health services improvement has called upon the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Arvind Padhee to initiate corrective measures.
Amicus Curiae PR Dash, in a representation to Padhee, who is also the chairman of the SCBMCH Swasthya Vikas Samiti, has called for modernisation of the Casualty wing by establishing a full-fledged critical care unit with lifesaving equipment, oxygen pipeline, X-ray etc.
“The vital facility, which is the entry point to the hospital, is being manned by skeletal staff that too drawn from the peripheral cadre. There is no coordination between Departments due to which there is delay in transfer of patients to the respective departments,’’ Dash stated.
He also raised concern over the unrestricted access to the Department by medicine representatives and touts. The practice of diverting diagnostic tests out of the hospital to private laboratories by the doctors is rampant. “Despite, high-level decisions taken on installation of CCTV camera and restricting entry to the Department, no action has been taken by the authorities”, Dash stated.