Improper care irk patients at JPMC

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KARACHI: The complains of improper care of admitted patients due to shortage of specialists and taking money for conducting tests were on the rise in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), sources at the hospital told PPI.

A patient attendant, Wali Mohammad, had lodged a written complaint against Medical Ward-7’s administration over improper care of admitted patients by medical staff. He stated that his uncle, Yaqoob, was admitted in Ward-7 since last one week but neither tests nor treatment had been started by the doctors despite laps of one week.

He said that the condition of his uncle was getting worse with each passing day due to abdominal swelling or Ascites caused by liver problem. He said if something happened with his patient, the administration and doctors would be held responsible for it and legal action would be taken against them.

Similarly, Ward administrating was also charging Rs 5,000 for conducting Endoscopy or banding procedure. The poor patients were unable to pay charges of banding process.

Head of Department, Medical Ward-7, Dr Masror Ahmed, while talking to PPI, said there was acute shortage of doctors and only three specialists were available in the ward. He said no new recruitment was made in health facility since last five years which disturbed the smooth functioning of the ward. He said: “In the past, 12 specialists were available in medical ward out of which only three are left to attend patients.”

He said: “The private hospitals are charging over Rs 8000 for endoscopy or banding procedure while this process is performed at affordable rates in the ward. The banding procedure is being performed free of cost for poor patients through Zakat.”

Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), Dr Seemin Jamali, when contacted, said: “The majority of tests are performed free of cost while only few are conducted at affordable rates in different wards of the hospital.”

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