Pimpri: Doctors at the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) are overworked. As compared to private nursing homes in the city, the doctors in the maternity ward of the YCMH work 10 times more. They do not get time to speak to relatives of the patients properly, in case of emergencies, which leads to misunderstanding among them, that sometimes result in assaults on doctors.
The PCMC has eight hospitals with maternity wards. In all, 60 doctors are working in these hospitals. They handle over 12,000 deliveries annually. It means, one gynaecologist has to handle 200 deliveries in a year. This is 10 times more than doctors in private nursing homes.
Being a prominent city hospital, the YCMH records 21 births, including 20 to 25 per cent caesarean deliveries. On the day of the incident, in which a patient’s relatives assaulted a gynaecologist in the hospital, there were 35 new admissions in the ward, while 18 normal and 6 C-section deliveries were performed.
A large number of women prefer the government hospital for delivery. The prime reason is the service in the hospital, which is available free of charge under the Janani Shishu Suraksha programme. People have to pay
Rs 25,000 to 50,000 at a private nursing home. PCMC officials said, “If a baby is underweight, it is kept in the incubator in YCMH for free. The cost of the neonatal intensive care unit is not affordable for many. So, the YCMH doctors handle this excess burden.
The Chief Health and Medical Officer of the PCMC, Dr Anil Roy, said, “Complicated cases from rural areas are also referred to YCMH. So, the rate of mothers dying at the time of delivery is higher than private hospitals. The remuneration that doctors get is much less than private hospitals.”
Deliveries at YCMH hospital
† 2014-15: 6,983
† 2015-16: 6,983
† 2016-17: 7,521