Staff shortage cripples Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru

Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in the city is plagued by dire shortage of staff members.

Published: 07th June 2017 04:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2017 04:34 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in the city is plagued by dire shortage of staff members.

Patients and their relatives wait outside Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru | JITHENDRA M

The 1,040-bedded hospital should have one infection control nurse for every 100 beds, but turns out the entire hospital has only one such nurse.

The 135-year-old hospital has 2,500 out patients. The work meant for 263 ward boys and aayahs is being done by just 56 staffers. Hospital medical superintendent Dr K S Manjunath said these posts were sanctioned when the hospital had a bed strength of just 686. “But we will not get staff as per our demand,” he added.

The hospital, which sees a daily admission of 80 to 100 patients, also has 129 vacant nursing posts.  

A group D worker, said, “There are 21 women and 35 men staffers. We are paid Rs 5,000 each. We have to each clean three wards, three verandahs, a doctor’s room and a sister’s room. There is also cleaning of the bathrooms and clearing of dustbins. We also assist in bathing the patients.”


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