Long queues of patients at govt hospital commonplace : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Long queues of patients at govt hospital commonplace

Visitors demand more counters during morning hours

Long queues of patients at govt hospital commonplace

Patients stand in a queue at Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital on Tuesday. Rajesh Sachar



Tribune News Service

Karam Prakash

Patiala, July 5

Long queues at Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital for OPD registration have become commonplace. Patients, including pregnant women, have to wait in queues for hours to get OPD slips. Standing for a long time further affects the health of patients, say experts.

High patient load

We have multiple registration counters. However, the patient load is very high. Since registration process has been computerised, it takes time to fill the required details. Dr Sandeep Kaur, Medical Supdt

The hospital administration, however, cites the high patient load as reason for the long queues. It also claims that there are multiple registration counters but a large number of patients reach there much before the registration process begins.

Meanwhile, patients at the hospital said they had to come before time because if they got late, then they had to leave without being seen by doctors. The OPDs close at 2 pm.

The patients suggested that the administration should deploy more staff at the counters to speed up the registration process.

One of the patients said, “The government should increase the number of registration counters during the morning hours when footfall is high. For the patients, especially pregnant women, to wait for a long time for registration is very tiring.”

Another patient said poor patients had to come to the government hospitals out of helplessness, not by choice.

It was learnt that patients, after getting OPD slips, have to again wait in long queues outside the doctors’ rooms.

Dr Sandeep Kaur, Medical Superintendent, Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital, said, “We have multiple registration counters. However, the patient load is very high. Since registration process has been computerised, it takes time to fill the required details.”

Deputy Commissioner Sakshi Sawhney said the hospital authorities had been asked to take remedial measures. She said, “We have asked the hospital to examine and find out the reasons for the problem.”

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.


Top News

ED arrests retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in liquor ‘scam’ case

ED arrests retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in liquor ‘scam’ case

The Central agency had detained 2003 batch officer Tuteja in...

Students with 4-year undergraduate degrees can now directly pursue PhD if they have 75% marks: UGC chief

Students with 4-year bachelor's degrees, 75% marks can directly pursue PhD: UGC

So far, a candidate for the National Eligibility Test needed...


Cities

View All