OPD services at centers – Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital – will now be open on Sundays, a move that has sparked strong reactions from various doctors, the health ministry said. ” associations on Saturday.
On October 7, the Union’s Ministry of Health issued a directive in this regard, and for a start, separate specialties will be opened in these three large hospitals.
“In accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was decided to open outpatient department (OPD) services in hospitals on Sundays as well,” said Ram Chander, director of Lady Hardinge College of Medicine and Hospital. …
According to the order, the OPD services of the opening departments are pediatric medicine, medicine, surgery, gynecology, OPD and orthopedics. OPD check-in time is from 8:00 am to 11:30 am, OPD time is from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
“Pharmacies will also be open all seven days. Emergency laboratory services will be available for patients in need of urgent examination, ”says the directive of the Ministry of Health.
Pharmacy counters will be open to dispense medicines, and laboratory services will be available for patients in need of testing.
“It should also be noted that these facilities should be launched using the available personnel,” the office says.
Similar orders were issued by the authorities of Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung Hospital.
Meanwhile, various medical associations, including FORDA (Federation of Resident Medical Associations) and FAIMA (Federation of All India Medical Associations), have protested the move and issued statements saying that doctors are already overwhelmed and will now have to travel to these hospitals. … Sundays too.
“#FAIMA strongly opposes the opening of Sunday OPDs in hospitals. # Overworked doctors now have to come on Sunday too without any additional benefits. Request @MoHFW_INDIA Please stop this exploitation of your Corona Warriors, ”FAIMA tweeted.
Both FORDA and FAIMA on Saturday said they wrote to Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviy about the matter.
“Residents should have at least one day per week to rest, manage their personal lives and take on responsibilities towards their families. work to recuperate will also negatively impact patient care, ”the letter reads to FORDA.
“We would hereby ask you to review the above issue and withdraw the directive to launch non-emergency OPD services on Sundays at the earliest,” the message said.
These three institutions are among the busiest hospitals in Delhi.
In an address to the heads of all three hospitals, the Ministry of Health said, “Initially, Sunday OPD will be launched at Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge College of Medicine and related hospitals, and Dr. RML’s Hospital, with no additional financial implications.
“Hospitals will manage Sunday OPD with existing staff and will submit a comprehensive proposal with detailed financial implications 02-03 months after receiving feedback / suggestions from interested departments, other hospitals and the general public,” the statement said.
According to the order of the ministry, this facility / service will be launched from October 9, 2021 on a trial basis, and the official launch is scheduled for next Sunday, that is, October 17.
Hospitals are encouraged to widely publicize the launch of this facility so that people can become aware of it and therefore be present at the facility’s launch soon, the message said.
A circular from RML Hospital’s Marketing Director and Responsible (OPD) Dr. Sunil Saxena, issued on October 8, states: “In accordance with the physician’s order of 10.07.2021, Hospital Superintendent Dr. RML, the following disciplines will administer Sunday OPD from his assigned zones …
“This OPD will start on October 10th. Check-in time will be from 08:30 to 11:30. Relevant HODs are hereby invited to provide a monthly list of their departments by email, ”the statement reads.
Safdarjung Hospital also issued a circular saying, “It has been decided to start OPD services on Sundays in the following specialties on a trial basis.”
“Specializations are medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, urology. In addition, emergency services will be available for patients in need of urgent examination at NEB (New Emergency Block), ”it was reported.
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