Revamp the system

Revamp the system

A woman from Kupwara district delivering a dead baby at roadside in Srinagar after being sent back by a doctor at Lal Ded hospital in Srinagar has shocked everyone.
The incident has evoked widespread condemnation from different quarters as no one expects that doctor would deny admission to the patient in a hospital. Even the preliminary probe has revealed that “negligence of the doctor on duty” led to the unfortunate incident, which otherwise could have been avoided.
Some people are trying to shift the blame on referral system and are claiming that the patient at the first place should not have been referred to Srinagar. But this is no reason to justify denying admission to the patient, who was 34 weeks pregnant.
The Governor’s administration has taken a strong note of the incident and erring doctor is likely to be punished. But the point is would punishing the doctor resolve the matter. People at the helm need to properly investigate why the healthcare in Kashmir is so poor. There is certainly something wrong with the system and the people handling it. This has to be revamped and the people associated with the medical profession need to be told in clear terms that negligence cannot be tolerated.
Every year government claims that crores are being spent to improve the healthcare system in the Valley but the fact is that these claims are confined to papers only. A delivery case which can be handled in a district hospital at the first place should not be referred to Srinagar. The government should equip the hospitals with adequate infrastructure and the staff so that people don’t suffer. On the other hand doctors need to learn that they have to handle the patients with utmost care and cannot treat them like cattle.