Cases of misbehaviour with doctors and other medical staff
Health Department is looking at an additional expense of over 20 to 30 per cent
NEW DELHI: With complaints about poor security in hospital for the medical staff becoming shriller, the Delhi Health Department is now looking at an additional expense of over 20 to 30 per cent to hire security service for its hospitals.
Preparing for this "unexpected'' additional expense, Principal Secretary (Health) of the Delhi Government, D. S. Negi, said: "We have looked into the cases where relatives of patients admitted to the hospital have misbehaved with doctors and other medical staff and found that there is a need to enhance security. According to an assessment done by the Department of Administrative Reforms it was found that there was a shortage of security staff. We have already started taking corrective measures to improve the situation. Fifty-seven additional security personnel have been sanctioned for Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital (LNPJ). Hospitals including Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) and Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) have also demanded additional security.''
The assessment report has also pointed to the fact that medical staff had complaint that the existing security personnel were not well trained, disciplined or effective.
The medical staff also demanded that ex-service men be handed over the responsibility of hospital security to bring in more accountability.
"We have looked into the report and decided that the need was genuine,'' added Mr. Negi.
Giving details of the planned expansion a senior health official said: "Security will be provided as per the need of the establishment. Major hospitals including LNJP, DDU, GTB,Hindu Rao would be the first to be given new security guards after which the needs of smaller hospitals would be looked into. The Delhi Finance Department has already cleared the proposal for Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Hospital and we are looking at the same security agency for other Delhi Government hospitals too.''