This is also AIIMS: No doctors, no faculty, a crowded OPD shuts
At least 15 people with chronic illnesses suffer from mental disorders in India, according to a national survey conducted in 2016 by NIMHANS, establishing the country’s largest mental health.
However, for more than 19 months, the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in India in Bhopal has not seen a single mental health patient.
In May 2015, AIIMS Bhopal stopped its OPD for these patients – one of the most active, attended 8,452 patients since 2013 and at least 15 patients per day in the last month. Reason: both the teachers are leaving, one of NIMHANS Bangalore
The Indian Express visited the AIIMS facility in Bhopal accessed official records to find that the poor state of the psychiatric department reflects a major problem in one of the six new functional institutions established for “correction of regional imbalances” in care health.
Like the pile of debris that is next to corridors without light behind the bright glass and the front of the AIIMS brick building in the heart of Bhopal.
AIIMS Bhopal began clinical services August 15, 2012 and the DPO services on January 26, 2013. Five years later, it has not yet obtained a full-time director, 80 p. 100 faculty positions are vacant and occupied only 73 327 seats intended for senior medical residents.
“Do you imagine that AIIMS closes its mental health services? In March, 2015 alone, the institute assisted 1059 patients.
However, during the next two months, the services were closed. In December 2016, a doctor was hired, but he was a resident doctor, not a right in itself, “said a senior consultant from AIIMS Bhopal.
And this, when the NIMHANS survey released this relationship of Madhya Pradesh a psychiatrist for 20 lakh people.
“For almost 15 months, patients had to be referred to other hospitals in the state or abroad.” When is the last time you heard of AIIMS patients? AIIMS is supposed to be the main reference center of the country, “says The consultant.
In March 2014, AIIMS Bhopal had 27 departments with 61 faculty members. And, according to official documents, the institute currently has 41 departments. But on the ground, the number of functional departments was reduced to 25, and the staff to 59.
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For example, the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, which deals with heart conditions, works on paper, but did not attend a single patient since June 2015.
In May 2015, his only option, an assistant professor of AIIMS New Delhi had left. And that, for a department of that area of 4 80 patients in the two years that worked.
“This is a basic requirement for any third-level hospital, but the service was closed. We hope it will be reopened in the coming months,” said a senior official at the institute’s administration.
It is a similar story in the oncology department, where the only teacher who joined the radiotherapy service in July 2013 left seven months later. The institute has not provided cancer-related services in the last three years.
In addition, AIIMS Bhopal is still subject to key services such as cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology and nuclear medicine.
The Department of Ophthalmology operates the fifth most active OPD of the institute, welcoming 19,886 patients in 2015-16. But from May 2016 until February 2017, he worked without a single member of the faculty and with only four resident physicians.
“We are one of the most active OPD here so it is even more important that there is at least one member of the higher faculty to handle complex cases.
At present, medical residents with less than three years of experience in handling the DPO. This is a case of trial and error, “said one resident physician.