BMHRC’s pathetic state of affairs calls for attention

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Aug 2017 11:27:01


Staff Reporter,

Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sanghathan ( BGPMUS) has approached Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare over pathetic state of affairs of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre ( BMHRC) .

It was mentioned that despite specific directions given to quickly improve the health delivery and monitoring systems at BMHRC and other hospitals that were set up exclusively to serve the Bhopal gas-victims, it is appalling to note that even five years later requisite action has not been taken to improve health services for the gas-victims at BMHRC and other hospitals. The issue of providing proper medical care to gas-victims was first raised before the Supreme Court in August 1985.

It may be noted that when BMHRC was set up in the year 2000, it was the best equipped premier super-specialty hospital in Bhopal serving the health needs of not only gas-victims free of cost but it also served a large number of non-gas-victims on payment basis. Apparently, at one time, the services were so good that the priority shifted from gas-victims to non-gas-victims, while BMHRC was under the administrative control of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust. They alleged that for the last several years delivery of health services at BMHRC has been going from bad to worse.

The main problems plaguing BMHRC includes severe shortage of Senior Consultants and other doctors due to the failure to retain those already recruited and the inability to recruit new specialists in the absence of attractive Recruitment Rules (RR) as well as the failure to upgrade BMHRC into a teaching hospital; critical shortage of medical equipments and technical staff for carrying out investigations, diagnosis and treatment and malfunctioning of many existing ones due to failure to replace outdated equipments on time; failure to renew Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMC) on time; failure to purchase state-of-the art equipments; and failure to procure needed spare-parts in time , undue delay in computerization and networking of medical records; and shortage of life-saving drugs and other consumables from time to time.