The Sordid Side Of Delhi’s Hospitals

by Medindia Content Team on  February 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
The Sordid Side Of Delhi’s Hospitals
Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in east Delhi unwittingly runs many a business, along with  the one of  healing lives. As long as money is not an issue  illegal drugs,  blood or even a woman can be  obtained.

Those in need of blood  need just approach Chand at Gate No 7, who charges "... 22 rupaiye lagen ge — for one unit."  It actually translates to Rs 2,200 a unit , with the package reaching you by sunset. Chand gets it via his own 'methods' from a  blood bank.

"Boys come from the village," says Chand, "donate blood, collect anything between Rs 300 and Rs 500 and go home."

However the hospital authorities profess ignorance. "I have taken over only recently. I have not received any complaint yet but we'll look into the matter," assures Dr PC Dikshit, MS, GTB Hospital.

"So far, we have not received a single compliant from anyone in the area. But I will look into the case and will clean up the mess", says deputy commissioner of police, Jaspal Singh.
Gate Number 3 is for those seeking female company. Pimps here do brisk business. Not very far off is the snort shop. Charas (hashish) is  given only to regular clients but ganja (marijuana or pot) is easily available for as little as Rs 10.

The hospital has  had its share of crimes  too . Two weeks back , a woman doctor was molested outside the burns emergency, at day. Fortunately the  alarm she raised  was attended to . A few attendants caught hold of the accused and handed him over to the security. The hospital corridors which connecting the wards remain dark  and lonely by night. There is no trace of security.

"Molestation cases are common and women doctors and nurses don't feel safe. We try to move in groups to ensure no one is alone, but it is not always possible," says  a nurse-on-duty.

This is not all. Most wards, including the nursery, are  not monitored. "If someone steals a baby or exchanges them, whose fault will it be?" asks  a nurse.
 The wards are bursting at its seams, too. Hospitals  soon become second homes when  families of  the patient move in with him/her. "They move in with their mattresses, pillows, mosquito nets and stoves. Since most of them are poor people here for treatment from outside, they have no money for rest houses and hotels. The hospital has no waiting rooms, so these attendants end up making it their home till the patients recover," says  Dr. Mriganka Sharma, president, Resident Doctors Association of the hospital.

The administration displays helplessness. "If we ask the patients to follow the one-attendant-per-patient policy, they beat us up. We can't do anything," says  Dikshit.

Source: Medindia

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