8 'dying' Delhi hospitals to get a new lease of life

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8 'dying' Delhi hospitals to get a new lease of life

As many as eight hospitals in the national capital, which are lying in a state of neglect for many years, may get a lease of life soon. Taking note of the dysfunctional hospitals, the Delhi government has decided to revamp them at the earliest.

As many as eight hospitals in the national capital, which are lying in a state of neglect for many years, may get a lease of life soon. Taking note of the dysfunctional hospitals, the Delhi government has decided to revamp them at the earliest.

Sources said Rajiv Gandhi superspecialty hospital in north Delhi that caters to over 2,000 patients every day is near defunct. The hospital which has the sanctioned capacity of 1,000 beds is operating with just 60 beds for patients.

For want of doctors and paramedical and nursing staff, all super-specialty units including cardiology, neurology, nephrology and urology among others have shut down.

However, in a recent cabinet meeting, Delhi Government has directed the hospital administration to upgrade the services and add 250 beds in the next two months.

At the same time, more doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff and technicians will be appointed. Apart from this, seven other autonomous hospitals under the Delhi government will undergo a major revamp. Officials said hospital administration has been told to submit their requirements and accordingly funds will be released.

In the recent cabinet meeting, the government has also decided to do the third party audit of these hospitals in Delhi which are struggling huge shortage of doctors and latest medical equipment.

These autonomous hospitals are also known as society hospitals mentioned under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as per the Act of Parliament.

There are eight autonomous hospitals in the national Capital including Janak Puri Super Speciality Hospital (JSSH), Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH), Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (CNBC), ILBS, Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI), Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science (MAIDS), IHBAS and Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan (CBPACS).

Dr Kriti Bhushan, Delhi's Directorate General of Health Services said, "We have planned to do a third party audit for existing society hospitals to know where these hospitals are lacking and accordingly these institutions would be upgraded."

"All funds released to these hospitals in the past will be put to optimum use. Therefore, we have directed the administration of all society hospitals to come up with their problems," she added.

Hospitals such as Rajiv Gandhi super speciality, Janak Puri super speciality, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital and Delhi State Cancer Institute have always been reeling with the lack of medical expertise due to which a lot of departments are still not functional with its full capacity and patients are not getting the adequate health care services.