Doctor shortage hits Balasore Medical College patients
Balasore: Despite adequate infrastructure facilities, advanced equipment and appointment of 106 doctors in the Balasore Medical College and Hospital, patients complain that they are not getting proper healthcare due to the absenteeism of doctors.
Patients have alleged that though the names of professors along with their respective departments are displayed, most of them have never visited the hospital.
Some patients also alleged that the doctors here, afraid of taking risks, have been frequently referring serious patients to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
“The professors are nowhere to be seen and doctors are referring the patients to SCB hospital. We will not visit the hospital anymore but directly go to Cuttack. We consider doctors dependable and if they will create problems, patients will be annoyed,” said the relative of a patient, Abhimanyu Das.
“Patients are visiting SCB hospital even after establishment of the medical college here. The doctors are referring serious cases to Cuttack. The presence of a professor could be of some help,” said a local resident, Pramila Das.
In response to the allegations, Balasore hospital superintendent Sudhir Kumar Ghosh said the state government has been apprised about the issue.
“There are only six professors in 13 departments. There is shortage of senior doctors in Paediatric, Ophthalmology and Dermatology departments, which is proving to be a major hindrance. We have apprised the district collector and the state government and they should take a final call,” said Ghosh.