Absence of senior doctors at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) creating problems for patients
ISLAMABAD: The citizens have demanded the authorities concerned to take notice of absence of senior doctors during duty hours at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
According to them, the patients face several problems due to absence of these doctors at outdoor patients department (OPD) and different wards of the hospital. They said that senior doctors operate their private clinics in their duty timing, which is against the professional ethics and norms. A patient admitted at PIMS’ ward, Shahid Ali, said senior doctors avoid taking any responsibility regarding patients’ care and rarely come to examine the patients in wards. Another patient, Salim Khan, said most of the patients move to private clinics for proper checkup due to apathetic attitude of the PIMS doctors.
“It seems that medical practitioners consider the hospital as picnic spot where they come to spend some time and than return back.” he added.
The citizens said due to heavy load at the OPD, several patients who visit from far-flung areas of the country fail to get consultation from the doctors. They also complained of inadequate staff at the hospital’s emergency and appealed to deploy sufficient staff, including medical and paramedical staff for provision of better services to the patients.
They said that abroad, one doctor examines five to seven patients in a day while at PIMS, each doctor has to examine around 100 patients daily at the OPD.
“Over 4,000 patients daily visit PIMS OPD for treatment of various health problems and out of total incoming patients, 75 percent follow up the visits while 25 percent new patients come to the hospital,” an official of PIMS said. He said seven to eight members’ team of doctors perform duties in the hospital’s OPDs, including medical officer, professor, assistant professor and post-graduates.
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