Hospital denies allegations of delay, inconvenience
Differently-abled persons and escorts accompanying the mentally challenged visiting Cuddalore Headquarters Government Hospital complain about an inordinate delay in obtaining medical certificates mentioning their disability status.
According to Siva. Ravichandran, district organiser of the Human Rights Organisation, the physically disabled and the mentally retarded persons from far off places such as Vriddhachalam and Thittakudi were coming to the government hospital for obtaining medical certificates which was a vital document as it would validate them to get the government benefits and other assistance.
But it was a sad commentary that they were getting a raw deal at the hands of the hospital staff. It was a common knowledge that the differently-abled would have to travel from their native place to the hospital with great difficulty. The mentally challenged persons should invariably be accompanied by escorts. At times they had to take autorickshaws, spending beyond their means, to reach the hospital.
But once they reach the hospital, they are in for a shock because they are asked to wait for long or simply asked to come some other day, unmindful of the inconvenience caused to them, Mr. Ravichandran said.
The hospital sources said the government hospital was attending on the differently-abled persons without much delay and there might be some delay whenever there was a large turn out of outpatients. During such time, the differently-abled persons are asked to stay in the waiting room. According to hospital sources, a single psychiatrist was taking care of the seven taluk hospitals and 13 block Primary Health Centres, besides the headquarters government hospital here. Even though the psychiatrist was frequently on tour, in connection with his duty, he made it a point to be available in the government hospital here for three days a week.
The sources also noted that the psychiatrist was doing justice to his responsibility. Before issuing the medical certificates, he would closely examine each candidate at least for 10 minutes. However, arrangements would be made to cut the waiting time for the differently-abled persons who come to get the medical certificates, hospital authorities said.