OT ceiling caved in at SSKM.
October 7, 2012 11:55am CST
The ceiling of an operation theatre (OT) caved in early on 1st October,2012 at SSKM Hospital in Calcutta( Kolkata), the most prestigious hospital in the state of West Bengal run by the state government itself. Fortunately, neither any hospital staff nor any patient was injured but surgeries scheduled in that OT were delayed as they had to be shifted to other OTs and thanks to the administration of the hospital that no scheduled surgeries were put off because of that incident. Giving full credit to the administration of the hospital for rising to the occasion and tackling the situation in the way it deserved so that no scheduled surgery had to be postponed, let me ask them one important thing that whether or not the maintenance staffs who are supposed to look after the safety status of the buildings, the electrical fittings or fire equipments perform their duties properly. Are they going to take any action against those whose negligence brought about the undesired incident which could have dire consequences? As the authority is answerable to the public, a thorough investigation should be carried out by either the administration of the hospital or by the health department of the government of West Bengal and an assurance should be given by the authority that no such action of negligence would ever happen in the coming days. Have you heard of any such incidence in your state or in any other country? If your answer is in the affirmative, what was the impact on you?
16 Apr 13
I belong to the same state of W.B like you. Nobody now bothers about these. When a hue and cry is raised by the media, the helath department appoints an enquiry committee and asures the public of a strong action against the offenders. But the public is now well aware that this is nothing but an eye wash.
• Boise, Idaho
8 Oct 12
A full examination by the administration of the hospital should take place. This will probably take a long time and be indepth. I have never heard of such a thing happening. We have two hospitals here and the one is always doing some kind of buidling and adding to the main building. I have never heard of any such incidents.
7 Oct 12
Glad to hear that things returned to normalcy at the SSKM hospital, the premier hospital of WB. i think these days these incidents have become more common to hear and it simply reflects the type of apathy Govt. have for the hospitals. Thankfully nothing happened to the patients and such incidents should be avoided at any cost. Hospitals are the places where people come to save their lives, its not a place where your own life should not be put into danger. What say?
8 Oct 12
West Bengal is a state where you are not answerable to anyone. So none has any responsibility, no one bothers for the consequences of such negligent acts. You know that there are unions and each and every staff belongs to this or that union which would come forward to protect them in such conditions. There would be an 'eye wash' by setting up of a high powered inquiry committee but the report would never be made public and I am sure no one would be punished. Last but not the least, I also agree with you that hospitals are the places where people come to save their lives, and never to lose their lives. But in West Bengal, there is no such guarantee.