KOLKATA: Father of a nine-month-old child, suffering from diarrhea, on Tuesday took to Facebook to raise concern about the gross medical negligence of a Kolkata based hospital. He did a Facebook live from the premises of the Beleghata ID Hospital.
The girl child was left unaddended for more than 10 hours at the hospital. The staff present at the hospital told him that 23rd being a holiday, no doctors were there on duty at the time.

Later on, it was found that lack of doctors in the hospital was the main reason behind this negligence. Apart from the two administrative heads, there are only 5 doctors in the hospital to look after 780 patients. Of these five doctors, four are specialists in medicine and one radiologist. There is not a single child specialist in the hospital. To manage indoor, outdoor and emergency units, 10 MBBS doctors are there. All of them are above 50 years.  

"If we see that a child has number of other complications then we instantly refer the child to other hospitals where there are specialised doctors. There are no pathology doctors in the hospital too. It's true that this is a teaching hospital, yet we have not been brought under MCI," said Dr Tirthapratim Purkait, acting head of Medicine department.  

"We have appealed to the health department and they have assured that the matter will be taken care of soon," said Dr Utpal Kumar Bhadra, head of the hospital.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/doctors-not-present-on-duty-man-raises-concern-through-social-media/articleshow/62640910.cms

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