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HC notice on poor conditions, staff shortage in govt hospitals

HC notice on poor conditions, staff shortage in govt hospitals
The Delhi High Court on Friday sought <g data-gr-id="24">response</g> from city and the central governments on a PIL on the poor condition of government hospitals here and <g data-gr-id="25">shortage</g> of medical staff. A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also sought <g data-gr-id="26">response</g> from All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and commissioner health of East MCD.

The plea filed by Salek Chand Jain through advocate Anurag Dubey sought directions for <g data-gr-id="29">government</g> to take steps to fill the vacancies of medical staff and doctors in government hospitals. It also asked <g data-gr-id="28">court</g> to direct them to increase the number of beds in general and ICU wards and all provide all facilities.

Dubey told the court that the hospitals under the control of central or Delhi government or the MCDs have not been discharging their obligations and due to the negligence of the attending doctors and staff, patients are dying.

The petitioner said that he has been visiting the different government hospitals and found that there is <g data-gr-id="27">shortage</g> of medical equipment, staff and doctors and the patients are not attended to properly.
“In case, <g data-gr-id="35">patient</g> requires immediate treatment, the government hospitals do not have ventilators or oxygen masks. Only limited masks and <g data-gr-id="30">vantilators</g> are available on the hospitals and for immediate treatment. There is <g data-gr-id="33">shortage</g> of MRI, CT scan, <g data-gr-id="31">X ray</g>, ultrasound machine etc. Patient in critical conditions are made to wait for several months and the condition in the government hospitals is very critical,” said the PIL. There are 38 hospitals under the Delhi government out of which 11 hospitals do not have fire safety clearance.
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