Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employees of Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital held a protest demonstration outside the hospital premises over the weekend alleging large-scale corruption in the hospital which they claimed was hampering patient care. Members participating in the protest held under the banner of Kalawati Hospital Workers’ Union claimed that they wanted to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had come to lay the foundation stone of a redevelopment plan of Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals on Saturday.

Workers’ union member V. S. Dahiya said: “Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital is one of the top government institutes in the country but this medical centre is now itself in need of care. There is acute shortage of medicines and investigation facilities. Diagnostic and medical equipment worth crores of rupees was damaged and abandoned by the hospital, while two out of three operation theatres are lying non-functional since a decade due to shortage of staff. There is no supply of potable water in the hospital for patients, their attendants and the hospital staff. The union has been raising all these issues for last many years but it has been of no use till now.”

Workers’ union president Chander Pal said: “We also wanted the Prime Minister and the Union Health Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad to know that when the city is facing an upsurge of dengue cases, with children being specially vulnerable, this specialised children’s hospital does not have simple medicines like Paracetamol. In such a situation we condemn the hospital administration move to waste several lakh rupees for hosting a foundation stone ceremony. This hospital treats the poorest of the poor and we have to stay true to our mandate.”

Highlighting the issue of staff shortage, particularly in the clerical and group ‘D’ levels, workers’ union’s general secretary S. S. Negi said: “Several posts sanctioned in 2000 have not been filled till date and again the process of filling up of more than hundred technical and other posts sanctioned under ongoing comprehensive redevelopment plan has not yet started. This puts a lot of pressure on the existing staff and also slows down the work at the Hospitals.”

  • Draw Centre’s attention to lack of medicines, water in hospital when dengue has hit Delhi

  • Condemn hospital authorities spending lakhs over foundation stone ceremony