Karnataka medical education minister pays surpise visit to Kidwai, IGCH hospital; takes note of functioning

The minister also inquired with the patients about the facilities, services, quality of treatment and the food being served at the hospital.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 19, 2024 | 9:04 PM Updated Jun 19, 2024 | 9:04 PM

Medical education minister Sharan Prakash Patil

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil on Wednesday, 19 June, paid a surprise visit to two hospitals — Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO) and Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health — in Bengaluru to oversee their functioning.

Dr Patil pulled up the doctors and staff over the plaguing issues in the hospitals, said his office in a release.

The minister’s visit was necessitated amidst growing complaints against the hospitals over poor treatment of the patients.

According to the release, he interacted with the patients and collected their views on the facilities and the treatment provided.

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Inquires about services

Dr Patil also sought information regarding the staff available in the fast-track service, the number of surgeries conducted daily whether there are adequate numbers of doctors and other staff and the action taken to fill vacant posts, the release said.

“He queried the institute’s administrator Manjushree and director Dr Lokesh regarding the number of patients and the kind of treatment and fast-track service. He pulled up the officer in charge of the fast track scheme who fumbled while trying to answer the questions. The minister angrily posed a volley of questions regarding the diagnosis of cancer, early treatment, chemotherapy, treatment schedule, duration of treatment and the number of patients visiting the hospitals,” it said.

Later, speaking to the reporters the minister said as patients from various parts of the state were facing difficulties in visiting Bengaluru for treatment, the government was planning to open similar hospitals in Tumakuru, Shivamogga, Mandya and Karwar.

”We are also planning to open the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kalaburagi. We will continue to take necessary steps to address the problems in the hospital in a gradual manner,” he said.

He said that development works are being implemented to address the persisting problems in Kidwai Hospital.

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Notes patient satisfaction

“There is no waiting period anymore. I have personally interacted with many patients and they have expressed satisfaction over the kind of treatment that they are receiving. We will float the tender to acquire medical equipment and steps will be taken to address the shortage of staff,” he said.

The minister also inquired with the patients about the facilities, services, quality of treatment and the food being served at the hospital.

He also sought an explanation from the doctors for delaying the surgery of a patient for over a month.

“He condemned the lethargic attitude of the doctors who were clueless about the patient’s admission,” the release said.

During the visit, the minister directed the hospital staff to provide medicine worth ₹75,000 free of cost after a specially-abled patient named Ramesh expressed his inability to pay for it.

“The patients also complained about denial of free treatment despite holding BPL cards, prescription of costly medicines and insensitive treatment meted out to untidy patients. Dr Patil responded to the grievances of the patients and urged the doctors to take corrective measures,” the release said.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)