CM Arvind Kejriwal came in for a surprise inspection in GTB Hospital and asked the chief secretary to fill vacant posts of pharmacists within 10 days.
CM Arvind Kejriwal came in for a surprise inspection in GTB Hospital and asked the chief secretary to fill vacant posts of pharmacists within 10 days. Kejriwal further directed the health minister to organise training programmes for doctors in the state-run hospitals and also make them aware about various government schemes. During his surprise visit Kejriwal spoke to patients and visited various wards and departments. According to the government statement Kejriwal found “shortage of ultrasound machines and directed the health minister to look into this issue.” He said there was an “urgent need” to decentralise hospitals for their better functioning. “The biggest impediment was keeping the powers centralised by trying to run these institutions from the Delhi Secretariat, which is clear from the files related to hospitals, which remain stuck in the secretariat for months,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.
Kejriwal reviewed the functioning of hospitals in a meeting with Health Minister Satyendra Jain, department officials and the MLAs of respective areas. He also expressed “unhappiness over non-display or improper display of helpline 1031 in government hospitals premises,” the statement said. It was informed in the meeting that the file related to decentralisation of powers for hospitals has been “sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal. Kejriwal said he will take the initiative in getting this file cleared and talk to Baijal over the matter, it said.
Kejriwal also directed the RKS members to conduct inspections of their respective hospitals and find out the factual position about the status of diagnostic machines and requirements of hospitals. “For further improvement in government hospitals in providing better health facilities for residents of Delhi, it is important to give more powers to the hospitals. “This will help these institutions in the recruiting processes, according to their needs, and also in purchasing commodities according to their requirements,” he said.