Government hospital

India
April 29, 2010 3:34am CST
This morning I had gone to the hospital to see daughter of the maidservant who is ill since 10days. The beds were damaged, mattress were torn, smelling and missing. Patients were lying on dirty floor. Even I saw a stray dog at a corner. There was no doctor on duty, though it was 9am only, a nurse was there at a corner of the room. Of course this is a common scene in most government hospitals, nobody, who can afford treatment in private hospital, goes there for treatment. Many of the doctors have their own clinics; they are attached to private hospitals and nursing homes, from where they earn. Government is aware of this, the officials keep their eyes closed, they get share from the doctors. These doctors also enjoy ‘non-practicing allowances’ too, how sad. The doctor came at 11am, made a quick round, I talked to him, and he talked about inadequate government funds. The boards near each bed, on which the doctor make entries regarding treatment, were missing. I purchased 10 plastic boards with clip and donated. But I am afraid that will vanish soon. What is the scene in your government hospitals, please share, Happy posting, cheers Prof
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14 responses
• India
30 Apr 10
I must say Sir, the situation in the goverment hospital is in such a bad shape, whether its infrastructure or the docters. As you said most of the docters are dedicated to their private clinic and not paying attention to the hospital patients.. There are rules which says that docters are not supposed to do private practivce in some defined hours but who cares. They are spending most of their work hours in the clinic. I do not understand if goverment knows all about the probles why are they not acting towards it. Hope things will improve soon.
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• India
30 Apr 10
Dear Ajoy Govt officials and the politicians are fully aware of this, have you ever seen any minister getting treatment in a govt hospital? Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
• India
1 May 10
That's what the reason of this bad situation because all the politicians and ministers rish to private hospitals and who cares about govt hospitals that is for common man.
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• India
9 May 10
Very true Cheers. Prof
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Oh my, that's even worst that I can imagine. You said dog at a corner, oh my goodness. I thought our Government hospital is the worst, but at least it does not allow animals to be inside and patients are not lying on the floor. There is at least decency even the facilities are old and cranky. I just wanted to ask how much is per day at that kind of hospital? Because to where I live, we at Makati City have a privilege for a discounted rate in hospital room and medicines we purchase as long as we have a yellow card. Our Mayor is really responsible in taking good care of the city and we are thankful for this. Anyway, I just asked because I got curious too since I have seen a lot of "so called" hospitals near our place in Mumbai but for me, it does not even look closer to be called a hospital but a small lying in or clinic only, but in India they already call it hospital. You won't even recognize it as a hospital, if there were no signage saying "hospital", no offense.
• India
30 Apr 10
Hi I am talking of govt hospital, 'free' wards, nothing to pay, if you are in a cabin, for which you pay things are little better, you are in Makati or Mumbai? Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
• Philippines
7 May 10
Hi there Prof, thanks for the BR.. i didn't notice govt hospitals yet in India, but what I do am observant of small clinics which they call already as hospitals nearby our place in Mumbai... btw I am still in Makati, although hoping to be back in Mumbai soon if God's will. God bless.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 May 10
not sure yet! Since obama care came in I will think this is what will happen to our hospitalS sad
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• India
7 May 10
Thanks for response. God bless you. Cheers. Prof
• India
1 May 10
Hello my friend Professor2010 Ji, I really appriciate your concern with present situation of these services all around. To add to this I have bitter experience , while in US in 2003, who could not provide my wife's blood tests results till date and even after taking appointment on that very day, we were waiting like our country as well. I consider, these things have become order of the day and we all at recieving ends have to compromise with situation, This is what is known as 'KALYUG'. Take care. May God bless You and have a great time.
• India
4 May 10
Yes friend we are in kaliyug It is so sad you are waiting for your spouse's bloodtest report Thanks for response, God bless you. Cheers Happy posting. Prof
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
dear professor, one big government hospital is about 45 minutes ride from our place. i can say that it is well maintained although the patients are also so many that the doctors could not cope. it lacks medicine in the government owned pharmacy and patients has to buy outside the hospital. most doctors and nurses have gone abroad because the pay there is better than here in our country. thank you for this discussion. ann
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• India
4 May 10
Thanks for the nice response in details, God bless you. Cheers Happy posting. Prof
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@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Thinking about it I've realized I've never been to a real public hospital yet. I have not encountered suh scenario yet so if I'd be in your situation I would really be shocked. It's sad to know that this is happening. It makes me feel bad because the government is earning a lot from me. I pay a very high tax compared to other regular employees so I'm expecting that it's being used for public service. Even my incentives are taxed. Damn! I think there's a problem here in terms of funds allocation. You can't say that there is not enough funds. It's just that the basic needs of the community is allocated the least budget like the education and health. I'm wondering why when those two are one of the most important human needs.
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• India
30 Apr 10
Thanks for the response in details, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
30 Apr 10
I haven't heard of such horrible scenes here in my country. I used to work in a government hospitals and the place though it is public, it is clean and the treatment of the patients are nice. What they do in the private hospitals, it is same done in the government hospitals here. Because there is a law here that you can sue the hospital if they didn't do the right thing for them.
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• India
30 Apr 10
Thanks for telling about your place my friend lol rules are here too, but difficult to prove, more over cases take years to settle God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
Doctor on duty - Doctor is on duty
That is impossible! I don't know but in our country, the doctor is always present 24 hours a day.We are conscientious enough to make things well for the patients. We have a clean ward.We make sure of theat. Our facilities , though were lacking but we were taught in school to innovate. We could take pride of our hospital
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• India
30 Apr 10
Hello I am talking of india, you can read comments from people of your country, it is open, well are you talking of govt hospitals there? Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
@mjanakha (479)
• United Arab Emirates
29 Apr 10
Its true 50% of the government hospitals are not working properly. Doctors and nurses are not aware of their duty. Not only that I have seen some nurses bringing tablets, cottons and some hospital things to home and selling to the neighbours. If we go and see the doctors personally they will treat the patient well. No one is there to fight against this. So whats the use of talking this...............
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• India
30 Apr 10
It true we feel helpless.. Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Apr 10
They fuction like a regular hospital to me. I've never been such a hospital as what is discribed above. I bet your write the boards are probably gone, but at least you were able to contribtue somehow, though while hospitals are needed, I doubt they are needed that baddly.
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• India
30 Apr 10
You are lucky friend. Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Apr 10
i can only tell a few things about the city hospital i have been to. it's where our two sons were born. as i looked at your story, it seems that we have a little better hospital. or maybe, they just made the hospital and their service improved as the head or the one that controls and administers and finances the hospital is running for elections, for this May 2010. i think our hospital is cleaner, more nurses and doctors are in rotational duty in 24 hours. i never see a stray dog within the vicinity but i remember i saw kittens. this at least at this city. i guess there are better and there could even worse than yours.
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• India
30 Apr 10
Yes dear there are better and worse hospitals too, it differs, well the kittens must be enjoying the milk of the patients.. Thanks, cheers God bless you. Happy posting. Prof
• India
29 Apr 10
I m a student of a government hospital named GAUHATI MEDICAL COLLEGE,GUWAHATI,ASSAM...n i don think that the condition of government hospitals are poor,rather they are improving a lot in providing high tech better facilities as much as they can...i agree that the population of the world is still increasing day by day but at the same time world's economy is also going up ...due to which government is spending a major part of their economy to the different health sectors as per present health care needs ....regarding my experience GMC is going to be the BIGGEST HOSPITAL in the NORTH EAST REGION but off course there are some areas where they lack in providing better facilities ...so have a nice day..!
• India
30 Apr 10
Welcome to mylot Amit, glad to meet you Let me expect too, lets wish GMC to be the best.. Thanks, cheers God bless you. Happy posting. Prof
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
We are much blessed in our country for government hospitals are not that worse . . At least there a facilities in our government hospital although it is not enough to accomodate the thousands of patients .. . The patient-government hospital workers ratio is unbelievably below what is expected.
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• India
30 Apr 10
Happy to know you are having better facilities.. Thanks, cheers God bless you. Happy posting. Prof
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
29 Apr 10
Hello Sir, I think the scenario is different in place to place and according the efficiency of the government. Last month my father in law was admitted in hospital and we shocked to learn that he admitted in a government hospital (if there is a problem he used to go to a private hospital). We asked out of curiosity why this time go to this government hospital, my hubby's brother told us that don’t think the situation is bad there, now it is working very well and many doctors are available and treatment is going on well and better than the private hospital. We relieved a lot by hearing this and our brother was right, father recovered very soon and he is very healthy now. However, I agree there are exceptions and some government hospitals are not working properly. It is all in the hands of local politicians and influential peoples. If they can serve the community better the result will be good too.
• India
30 Apr 10
Dear Sree Thanks for sharing your experience, cheers God bless you. Prof