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Soon, district hospitals to come under dept's ambit

Kolkata: In an attempt to provide better healthcare facilities and more particularly to check the unnecessary transfer of patients from the district hospitals to the city's medical colleges, the state Health department is planning to put in place a proper mechanism.
According to a senior official of the Health department, all the district hospitals in the state must inform the Swasthya Bhavan about the details of the patients whom they are shifting to other hospitals. The senior officials and doctors will go through the reports of the patients and provide the final nod for the transfer of patients on the basis the seriousness of the ailment.
A 24x7 call centre will be made operational from the Sawsthya Bhavan. There is also a plan that all the district hospital authorities have to inform the Health department about the details of the patients admitted to the hospital, their nature of ailments every day. Swasthya Bhavan will keep a record of the patients given admission to various hospitals.
The district hospitals have to call up at the emergency number and provide the details of the patients why they want to shift a patient to a medical college in the city. The doctors who will transfer a patient have to inform the matter to the departmental heads of the hospital too.
It has been found that despite having adequate infrastructure to treat a critical patient there is a tendency among the district hospitals to shift the patient to a medical college. Many of the patients were found to have been shifted to a city hospital where there was no urgency. This practice always increases the burden of the medical college hospitals in the city.
It may be mentioned that the state Health department has already taken initiative to check unnecessary transfer of patients between any medical colleges in the city.
It was learnt that the superspecialty hospitals that have come up in the districts will also be brought under the new mechanism where they will also have to furnish the details of patients in case of a transfers. This will help the state Health department to maintain a data of the patients.
The senior officials of the state Health department learnt that the district hospitals often refer patients to other hospitals without properly assessing the health condition of them. In many cases, it has been found that patients who were transferred to other hospitals could have been treated in the previous one.
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