Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 11: The present coalition government is leaving no stone unturned to pat its back by increasing health infrastructure including SSH, AIIMS and up-gradation of Gandhi Nagar Hospital, but high mortality rate in the GMCH Jammu, which is as high as a whopping eight patients a day dents the claims.
According to sources embarrassed and cornered over high mortality rate in the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu, state government had taken up an exercise of death audit, but, in a bid to hide their inefficiency and professional incompetence, the hospital authorities are conducting this crucial audit in entirety rather than separately for each department.
According to figures, every 100th patient dies in the 800 bedded Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Jammu, taking the average death toll to eight per day.
"Up-gradation GMCH, as Super Specialty Hospital Jammu, Gandhi Nagar Hospital Jammu, and now announcement of AIIMS for Jammu made no difference", they added.
Sources said that GMCH is conducting a combined death audit instead of separate census, to shirk it's responsibility. "The GMCH conducts death audit for Ortho and Surgery department only, but same is also was be conducted separately at medicine department which is not being done", they said and added that on an average 240 patents die every month. "Between April-December 2015 numbers of deaths were 2157 at GMCH, the same has mounted, 2647 in 11 months i.e. January-November 2016", they added.
Sources said that for between April 2012-March 2013 numbers of deaths were
542 which further mounted 2413 in 11 months i.e. April 2013- February 2014, in GMCH Jammu.
Amid claims of providing best healthcare to the people, eight patients die on an average in GMC Jammu. The deaths have dented official claims.
"If department wise audit is conducted, the hospital authorities have to fix responsibility of Head of Department and other senior doctors for deaths, who usually evade their responsibilities", he said, adding that cause of death was maintained for only MLC cases, while the hospital has no record of cause of death of non-MLC cases.
Sources further said that death audit, an important part of the functioning of any hospital, is the exercise in which one or more committees of senior hospital doctors, sit down together to analyse the circumstances that lead to the deaths of patients. "Death audit of every patient who dies in a Government hospital is essential. The health department's move was to ascertain the cause of death of the patient", sources maintained, adding that same was not being properly implemented.
They further said that the reason behind conducting the death audit was to monitor whether there was any negligence in treating the patient. Similarly, civil surgeons and CMHOs were instructed to conduct clinical audit in the Government hospitals. During the audit treatment given to critically ill patients would be analysed. The analysis motive was to identify whether the patient was being treated according to the guidelines or not.
Death occurred at GMCH
Jan- NA Jan 243
Feb -NA Feb 271
Mar -NA Mar 231
April 211 April 214
May 235 May 232
June 236 June 203
July 236 July 225
Aug 244 Aug 288
Sept 240 Sept 276
Oct 230 Oct 253
Nov 258 Nov 241
Dec 267 Dec -NA