Government not taking initiative to improve infrastructure, say medical college alumni members

The Osmania Medical College Alumni Association (OMCAA) on Wednesday blamed the government for the ‘deplorable’ conditions at Osmania General Hospital (OGH). The association members charged the government with not taking the initiative, despite frequent requests, to improve infrastructure, due to which the hospital has lost its reputation of being the best government tertiary hospital.

“The present condition of OGH is deplorable and health authorities are not giving the hospital any priority. How can you expect the hospital staff to perform efficiently if there is no infrastructure support? Everyone blames the doctors for negligence, but nobody questions the government for not having a time-bound improvement plan for OGH,” said Chairman, OMCAA, Dr. A. Gopal Kishan.

The members, who interacted with press persons on Wednesday to announce the forthcoming Osmania Medical College (OMC) Global Meet-2013, to be held on December 7 and 8, said the government has not displayed sincerity in developing OGH. They pointed out that deficient infrastructure in the present OGH building has made it impossible for the hospital staff to discharge their duties properly.

“Last year, authorities had promised to release Rs. 20 crore for OGH and Gandhi Hospital to improve medical services in casualty department. The funds, however, are yet to be released. Every year, the hospital budget meant for the first quarter is only released in the fourth quarter. It’s not possible to improve medical services without funds,” says Chairman, OMC Old Students Association Trust, Dr. G. Sham Sunder. Association members said that the government has not shown any resolve to start construction of the new OGH building. “Close to Rs. 200 crore for the new building project was sanctioned by former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah. But the project has not started because nobody is sincere in the efforts to improve OGH,” the senior doctors rued.

The two-day meet of the doctors will feature technical sessions, guest lectures of senior doctors and inauguration of a new auditorium at the OGH alumni office.

“Everyone blames the doctors for negligence, but nobody questions the government for not having a time-bound improvement plan for OGH.”Dr. A. Gopal Kishan,chairman, OMCAA