Dear Editor, I would like to share my personal observation on worst condition of Govt Medical College and Hospital-Jammu through the medium of your esteemed daily news paper for the information of people of Union Territory of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh. The GMC Jammu is presently a life line for all the patients referred from all over the provincial and district levels hospitals. When the patients arriving from different districts are taken to emergency wing of the hospital, attendants feel bit relieved when they enter the hall of emergency wing. But in the hall they face such a situation that they curse themselves for bringing the patient to this air conditioned dumping space. The patients, on trolleys, are lined up along the wall and then attendants have to run for doctors as they cannot be recognised among the large gathering of patients and attendants. Doctors roam in civil dress that too without any name plate. Ultimately one reaches a room supposed to be of Casualty Medical Officer for obtaining the services of a doctor where the CMO is mostly busy over telephone or surrounded by a huge gathering of attendants. One has to run from one place to other to locate the medical officer and sometimes he or she is found taking tea along with colleagues in canteen. After availability of the medical officer the patient is examined but it is often found that examining doctors are either interms or freshers, less-experienced to deal emergency cases. In rare cases senior doctors are called and they come to the emergency as per their leisure. In short, GMC is a hospital where nothing is in order. The GMC Jammu hospital is only a practice station for junior doctors. Emergency is completely handed over to juniors on internship. In emergency hall there is no ventilator functioning properly. When the patients need equipments like nebulizer the incharge officials hide the equipment instead of providing it to the patients. Even in the ICU Halls there is deficiency of machines for checking health of patients. In ICU Hall beds are provided only to those patients who are highly influential while other patients who are struggling between life and death in congested emergency hall are not provided bed in the ICU Halls. Senior doctors appear occasionally or attend only OPD. What is fun of calling GMC, a premier institute? How one can expect that the present Govt will improve the condition of GMC? Our UT Govt might be busy in photo shoots and fabricated press conference and seems to have forgotten the health sector which otherwise should have been it’s priority. The GMC Jammu is not in good books of people and their concern is to be taken as wakeup call by the administration of GMC who is sleeping on soft bed. I request Lituentent Governor to pay some attention to burning problems of patients and attendants for ensuring availability of senior doctors besides developing effective system so that attendants may not have to run for locating medical officer in emergency. Doctors should be directed to wear prescribed dress for easily identifying them among attendants and patients. The waiting space for attendants just outside the emergency require immediate attention of Superintendent GMC for further improvement for convenience of attendants. Principal GMC Jammu should personally watch miserable condition of patients and maltreatment being meted out to patients and their attendants although if not by physical visit of each and every ward but through CCTV so that worst condition of Hospital can be improved. Mool Raj, Bhagota, Doda.
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