NEW DELHI: Shortage of staff coupled with VIP duties and house work given to health workers have affected the patient care services in Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi.
There are 26 health workers of the Lok Nayak Hospital who were diverted to Delhi Secretariat to help VIPs including Health Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Food and Supply Minister, Principal Secretary (Health) and Poly Clinic (Aam Aadmi). These employees are drawing salary from the hospital account and engaged in VIP-duty.
Among them there are nursing orderlies, lab attendants, OT attendant, peons and a gardener.
A doctor at LNJP hospital said: “Health staff must be kept away from the house and office work and also from VIP duties. When these workers are deployed on other duty, it hampers the work and patients suffer.”
Another senior doctor said: “The buildings are being improved and latest machines are being provided but the health services can’t be improved without increasing the number of health workers. We have to understand that the health workers are overburdened and they are not able to give adequate attention to patients, which is also a reason why patients go to private hospitals.”
“Seeing the number of patients, the availability of health workers needs to be increased. If these workers are engaged in VIPs' house duties, who will see to the patients in hospital?” he asked.