MRI scan facility lying defunct at Pant Hospital for last 1 year
New Delhi: Doctors at the GB Pant Hospital are agitating that they cannot properly treat the patients as their only MRI scan facility in the hospital has not been functioning for last one year. According to sources, "the result is that suffering patients have to either get the scan done from a private diagnostic centre by paying substantial sum of money, or they have to wait a few weeks to get referred to another government hospital where the scan can be done. This process is time consuming and, as a result, treatment suffers."
He further added that this is the state of affairs when the GB Pant Hospital is supposed to be a referral hospital, which must have basic infrastructure. "Patients from different hospitals are referred here and encounter the sorry state of affairs. Non-availability of MRI scan causes major problems, especially for critical patients, where test becomes mandatory to know the exact condition of the patient," said sources at the hospital.
Private facilities charge as much as Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 for conducting the MRI scan, which puts the poor patients in a quandary. On condition of anonymity, a doctor working at the GB Pant Hospital informed that MRI is needed in almost every case. "But we have to refer patients to LNJP hospital."
"The problem in referring patients to LNJP Hospital is that there is only one MRI scan machine in that hospital, and the patients referred for the MRI scan have to wait for weeks to get their scan done," he added. The doctor told that a requisition for an MRI machine has been made to the Delhi government and it is expected that a machine will be available by July 2018. One wonders if this process can be expedited in the interest of poor patients.