Staff Correspondent

Hospital has not appointed cook, clerk prepares food for patients

HUBLI: Pralhad Joshi, MP for Dharwad North, who came to the ESI Hospital on Karwar Road for a surprise visit on Thursday was in for a surprise.

The MP, who had planned the inspection in the wake of umpteen complaints on the functioning of the hospital and the behaviour of staff, was surprised to see everything neat and tidy at the hospital.

But the reason for the cleanliness was revealed within minutes. Prior to his visit, medical commissioner Nalini Tandon had visited the hospital for routine inspection. Having received prior information about the visit of the medical commissioner, the doctors and staff of the hospital had taken every precaution to make everything look foolproof.

However, Mr. Joshi did find some lacunae in the functioning of the hospital.

Later speaking to newsmen, Mr. Joshi said that he would be visiting the hospital again. He said he had received several complaints from patients on lack of coordination between doctors and nurses and non-availability of doctors at the other unit of the hospital.

The MP said that although the hospital had sanctioned the post of a cook, no appointment was made for long. Consequently a `D' division clerk was forced to cook food for patients. There was also scarcity of doctors, he said.

Mr. Joshi said he had sought details regarding number of doctors from medical superintendent Basavaraj Gangal.