MADURAI: A foolproof security system would soon be in place at the Government Rajaji Hospital to protect the interests of patients assured Commissioner of Police, K. Nandabalan, here on Wednesday.
Following widespread complaints about overcrowding and petty thefts on the GRH premises, the Commissioner conducted a surprise inspection at the hospital with a police squad.
Steps had been initiated to deploy 10 armed reserve police personnel and one sub-inspector in two shifts to clear overcrowding of people and prevent middlemen from fleecing innocent patients and their attendants, he said.
Concerned by the poor visibility of the police station functioning in the GRH, he said that it would be shifted to the visitors’ room near the casualty entrance gate. To ensure smooth vehicular flow, the traffic police would conduct a feasibility study on enforcing one-way traffic inside the hospital, he said and added that different parking lots would be allotted to doctors, staff and public.
Dean (in charge), S.M. Sivakumar, said that the Commissioner was concerned about the backlog of wound and post mortem certificates and wanted it to be cleared. He said that around 600 wound and post mortem certificates, including 475 from rural and outstation areas, were found pending with 65 per cent of them waiting for radiologist’s opinion.
“While radiologist’s opinion is sought for criminal cases, it is not insisted for M.C.O.P. (medical compensation original petition) cases. GRH radiologists are already overburdened with hospital work. Hence, we have asked the Commissioner to direct the investigating officers not to involve the radiologists but obtain opinion from the doctors who treated patient.”