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Working hours for doctors, doctor-patient ratio need to be fixed: HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today said that the standards have to be set regarding the working hours of doctors and the doctor-patient ratio in hospitals.

The suggestion came from a bench of Acting and Justice C after it was told by a private body, tasked to evaluate in the three hospitals in Delhi, that doctors work for excessive hours and there was no set doctor-patient ratio.

The (NABH), a private body which comes under the Quality Council of (QCI), told the court that the three hospitals it had examined were overcrowded and several sanctioned posts of doctors were lying vacant.

The NABH, in its report placed before the bench, said there was a lack of integration of programme between the out-patient departments (OPD) and laboratories leading to long queues for giving samples, collecting reports, visiting doctors and going to pharmacy for medication.

The bench, thereafter, directed the Centre and the government to inform it on the next date about the steps taken or suggestions for rectifying the deficiencies pointed out in the report.

On the issue of overcrowding, the NABH said in the Safdarjung there were 1,531 sanctioned beds and 300 floor beds, yet it had admitted 2,148 patients as it cannot deny admission and this can result in the spread of

The court had ordered evaluation of the at the Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung and the LNJP as it was of the view that the Centre was "not placing" the correct picture before it regarding the same.

The bench had decided to examine the and working conditions of medical professionals in the hospitals in the national capital while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) initiated by it after perusing a report on the rise in violent attacks on doctors.

The NABH, in its report, has given various suggestions for reducing the flare-ups between patients' families and doctors.

It has suggested increasing the number of support staff like assistants and ward boys, training all medical staff in advanced life support system and counselling and stationing adequate security personnel at critical locations.

It has also suggested giving wide publicity to the punishments for violence against medical personnel.

The NABH also suggested making the hospitals more friendly towards patients by improving signage, creating grievance handling at multiple locations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:45 IST
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