SRINAGAR: Patients have to wait for hours outside the emergency ward of the GB Pant hospital as there is just one senior doctor, along with his junior, to man the ward’s huge patient rush. The situation is especially aggravated when a patient requires immediate attention, leaving anxious attendants fuming.
To verify public complaints, this Kashmir Reader reporter visited the hospital in the evening hours last week. An unusually high number of parents, most of them with infants, stood queued near the entrance, waiting, despite the late hour, to be attended to. Among them was Abdul Gani, 39, of Khanyar with his three-day-old baby, negotiating with attendants to be allowed to see the doctor.”We were standing in the queue for about 30 minutes before we could finally see the doctor. My three-day-old son had signs of jaundice,” he said.
Another attendant, Mohammad Ashraf Mir of Srinagar’s Noorbagh, was aghast over not finding any doctor in the ward.
“I came at 11 pm as my grandson was not well. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any doctor at the emergency ward. I had to go to the general ward to plead with a doctor to treat my patient,” Mir told Kashmir Reader.
GB Pant Medical Superintendent Dr Kawaljeet Kaur, however, said she did not come across any such complaint.
“I have been continuously keeping track of things in the hospital so that the doctors are available round the clock,” he said.