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In view of growing patient load, expansion plans

If accepted, it will soon be sanctioned 300-odd doctors

Hospital plans to expand its ICU facility by 50 beds

NEW DELHI: Faced with an acute staff shortage and with an eye on expansion of its services, one of the largest hospitals under the Directorate General of Health Services, Safdarjung Hospital, has asked for additional hands.

If accepted, the hospital will soon be sanctioned 300-odd doctors (214 senior residents and 105-110 junior residents). The hospital administration had submitted its request for additional doctors for the medical institution keeping in mind the growing patient load and the falling doctor-patient ratio.

“While we have enough staff nurses and class three and four staff is taken in on contract, the hospital has a requirement for additional doctors both for day-to-day functioning of the hospital and in view of the expansion plans. The hospital will expand its Intensive Care Unit services offering for patients an additional 50 beds. This will be an integrated ICU and we have to arrange adequate staff to take on the additional load,” said the hospital Medical Superintendent Jagdish Prasad.

To be built and started at the cost of Rs.8 crore, the latest addition that will be done in a phased manner is seen as a boon for poor patients who now have to fight for 20 beds available in the main ICU.

“Not just the ICU, we are also working on strengthening the hospital casualty and starting a renal transplant unit which will put additional pressure on our requirement for trained doctors. We are registering an annual growth of patient load at 5-10 per cent while the staff strength has remained static over the years. Also, with patients being referred to us from all over Delhi and especially serious cases from private hospitals, we are forced to offer treatment to these patients while fighting to keep a check on the high mortality rates. These additional hands we hope will be sanctioned to us soon to ease pressure on our current staff and aid our expansion programmes,” added Dr. Prasad.