The image of Himachal Pradeshâ€™s premier hospital the Indira Gandhi Medical College(IGMC) hospital in Shimla popularly called Snowdon has taken yet another beating after it failed to treat the stateâ€™s chief minister P.K.Dhumal this week.
Critics of the hospital say if IGMC cannot treat the stateâ€™s chief minister who wasnâ€™t serious by any stretch of imagination and had to be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi, how can ordinary people from across the state expect relief here.
Dhumal was suffering from urinary tract infection, diarrhea and lung infection which are not seen as serious problems and yet the hospital was not confident enough to take care of him and preferred to refer him to AIIMS instead.
Sources say IGMC the stateâ€™s largest and most prestigious hospital gets liberal funding from the state government and has 29 departments including 17 clinical departments, apart from sophisticated, latest diagnosis machinery.
The hospital is often a popular venue for national seminars on health with experts and super specialists gathering here from across the country. Many of the doctors are super specialists trained from the best hospitals in the country and overseas and yet this lack of confidence.
Whether it is run by the BJP or the Congress IGMC comes in for severe criticism for its poor management.
The most mismanaged is the casualty section or the emergency flank which collapses when road accident victims are brought in for treatment.
Due to its mountain terrain road accident deaths are one of the highest in the country in Himachal,added to this is poor medical treatment for such victims.
For so many years the hospital management hasnâ€™t even been able to have the X ray, MRI, CT scan and similar diagnosis machinery and laboratories on the same floor where the emergency patients are brought in.
Currently most of the machinery is on the other end of the sprawling hospital and precious time and energy is often lost in the case of serious patients who have to be wheeled across the crowded buildings for the crucial tests back and forth.
Many say the hospital should stop asking for more privileges and first set its house in order !