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Delhi govt constitutes committee to review medical facilities

Posted on Dec 05, 07:47PM | UNI

In the wake of failure of oxygen supply in the ICU of Sushruta Trauma Centre at North Delhi leading to death of four patients, Health Minister A K Walia today constituted a four-member committee to review the medical facilities in state-run hospitals.

The committee under the chairmanship of Dr Arun Kumar Agarwal, Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College, will also make recommendations for modernisation, strengthening and upgradation of medical facilities.

Dr Walia, in a meeting to review the situation of existing health facilities and procedures in Delhi government hospitals, said the committee which was set-up yesterday to examine and report on the Sushruta Trauma Centre incident, was directed to submit its report within three days.

The four patients in the ICU of Sushruta Trauma Centre died yesterday allegedly because the oxygen supply suddenly stopped.

"Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the officials found guilty of misconduct or dereliction of duty." He added that an FIR has already been lodged against the contractor and police has been asked to expedite the matter.

The Minister further said the committee led by Dr Agarwal would have expert inputs from the Medical Superintendents of GB Pant Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital and GTB Hospital.

The committee would visit the hospitals and submit a detailed report within a fortnight. The committee has been directed to come out with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be implemented in Delhi government hospitals.

"The Health Department will take appropriate action on the findings and recommendations of the committee so that such tragic incidents are not repeated in future. The existing system will be upgraded and strengthened and provided with complete administrative, financial and technical support," Dr Walia added.

Other members of the committee are Dr DK Tempe, Director Professor and Head (Department of Anaesthesia), GB Pant Hospital, Dr UC Verma, Director Professor (Department of Anaesthesia), Lok Nayak Hospital and Dr AK Sethi, Head of Anaesthesia Department, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

The Health Minister further said the Delhi government will set up a Bio-Engineering Cell in Maulana Azad Medical College with inputs and support from IIT Delhi. The cell will examine the existing system and lay down procedure for upgradation in hospitals.

Dr Walia directed the Medical Superintendents to continuously and critically examine all services which have been outsourced.

It must also be ensured whether the staff posted is qualified to perform.

"The Medical Superintendents must own the responsibility of effective administration and management of the hospital," he said.

Dr Walia added that there should be a protocol where responsibilities were fixed so that in case of any violation, disciplinary action is taken against the defaulting personnel.

He said the Delhi government was seriously and regularly working to make its hospitals fire-safe. Five posts of Fire Safety Officers have been created to take care of fire safety stipulations.

He added that 16 state-run hospitals have already been cleared by Delhi Fire Service and six do not need fire safety clearance as per standard requirement of the department.

The remaining 16 hospitals were undergoing finishing work as suggested by Delhi Fire Service.