GUWAHATI: Doctors from Guwahati Medical College and Hospital will be required to give up private practice from Bohag Bihu. They will be provided salary and amenities which are at par with the doctors from AIIMS in Delhi, said Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Assembly.
Sarma also said that he has asked the doctors to resign if they are interested in working at private places or nursing homes.
“Now we are going to make a distinction between the government and private sectors,” he added.
The Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) claims to have the best of doctors. The Assam Government has spent a huge amount of money to make the hospital enable to deliver the best & affordable healthcare service. People come from different parts of the State to the hospital with a hope to get their ailments cured.
But the million dollar question is whether the GMCH has been able to come up to its expectations at a time when Dispur going overboard by claiming that the hospital will be even better than AIIMS in the years to come.
According to official figures 43,463 patients died in the hospital from 2011 to 2017. The highest number of patients died in the hospital – 7518 – in 2017. This, when computed, comes to over 20.5 daily on an average.
But all have not gone wrong in GMCH.
In the last few years the GMCH has become one of the cleanest public hospitals. Cleanliness drive is being carried out round the clock. Bathrooms and toilets are being cleaned at a very short interval. Cleanliness has reduced the cases of hospital infection.
Security at GMCH has been strengthened to ensure safety of patients as well doctors. The Bhangagarh police station situated near the hospital is active to drive away anti-social elements from GMCH premises.
Most importantly the GMCH has a superintendent who is very responsive to patients’ grievances. Superintendent Ramen Talukdar takes calls even in dead hours of the night to address grievances of patients and their relatives.