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Delhi Govt Asks Hospitals to Review Medical Facilities

Under attack after the death of four patients at a state-run hospital due to malfunctioning of oxygen supply machine, Delhi government today ordered all its hospitals to urgently review their functioning and take all necessary steps so that such incident do not recur.

Delhi Health Minister A K Walia constituted a four-member panel under the chairmanship of Arun Kumar Agarwal, Dean of Maulana Azad Medical College to review the existing medical facilities and make necessary recommendations to improve the services.

Four patients died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sushrut Trauma Centre in North Delhi yesterday allegedly due snapping of oxygen supply. Slamming the government, the BJP has demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

The decision to constitute the committee was taken at a meeting which Walia had with medical superintendents of all the Delhi government-run hospitals.

The four member committee has been asked to examine existing medical procedures all Delhi government hospitals and make recommendations for modernisation as well as strengthening of the existing system.

Walia said government will take necessary steps based on the status and requirements of each hospital.

The other members of the committee are D K Tempe, Professor and Head of Anaesthesia department in G B Pant Hospital, UC Verma, Director of Anaesthesia department in Lok Nayak hospital, A K Sethi, head of Anaesthesia department, GTB hospital.

The Committee has been told to visit each of the 37 Delhi government hospitals and submit a detailed report within a fortnight.

Walia said that the Committee has been directed to come out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for all the hospitals.

"The existing system will be upgraded and strengthened," Walia said.

The government had yesterday formed an inquiry committee to probe the death of four patients at the Sushrut Trauma Centre. Walia said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the officials found guilty of misconduct or dereliction of duty.

He said an FIR has already been lodged against the contractor operating the oxygen supply system in the hospital. Police has been asked to expedite the probe, he said.

Walia said Delhi government will set up a cell at Maulana Azad Medical College with inputs and support from IIT-Delhi to suggest measures for improving the existing health delivery mechanism.

He directed all Medical Superintendents to critically examine all the services which have been outsourced.

"The contract system has to be scrupulously supervised. It must be continuously appraised for its status and performance," he said.

He said medical superintendents will be held accountable for any wrongdoing in administration and management of the hospitals.

There should be a protocol where responsibilities are fixed so that in case of any violation, disciplinary action is taken against the defaulting personnel.

On fire safety measures, he said 16 hospitals have acquired no objection certificate from the Delhi Fire Service while 16 other hospitals are upgrading infrastructure to comply with the required norms.

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