Trauma care centre continues to ail, patients move out

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 31 Juli 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Several patients took discharge on Wednesday even as the services at Bal Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital in Jogeshwari continued to suffer owing to lack of staff and ailing infrastructure.

Work at the only specialized trauma hospital in the western suburbs came to a naught after a dozen nurses, employed on contract, stopped reporting about five days ago. The orthaopedic department took the worst hit with all the routine procedures being cancelled.

While most patients were unofficially told by doctors to shift to other hospitals, some like Rupesh Surve (32) had no other choice. The road traffic accident victim, who has suffered a fracture on his right leg, needs a surgery. "We waited for a week but they kept on postponing the surgery. He developed an infection and it scared us," said his sister Madura. The family said there was no clarity from the hospital why the surgery was being postponed. Surve was shifted to a private hospital in Vile Parle where he was operated upon on Wednesday.

Akash Gajmal, another patient who had twice been taken to the OT but no surgery was held, has been assured of better treatment after media reports. "I may be operated upon on Thursday or Monday. I have waited for 10 days, so I might as well stay here for another couple of days," he said. According to the hospital, about a dozen orthopaedic patients are awaiting surgery.

Medical superintendent Dr Shashikant Wadekar, however, claimed work in other departments, including surgery, ophthalmology, ENT and gynaecology, was more or less normal. "The BMC is recruiting 900 nurses for all hospitals, including ours. The nurses are obviously unhappy about not being absorbed in the services," he said.

The hospital, built at Rs 125 crore, is yet to get over the "initial hiccups". The hospital has been grappling with a shortage of doctors. There is only one orthopaedic unit while at least three are needed to function optimally. Wadekar said all these problems were being dealt with.

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