Mangaluru: Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader instructed the cancellation of service of nursing students if they do not follow the procedures of the Wenlock hospital. He was speaking to the mediapersons at the Conference hall, Wenlock hospital here, on August 6.
There was an allegation that the students, who come from 17 medical colleges to the Wenlock Hospital for practicals, do not follow the guidelines of the hospital or do any work. District Surgeon Dr Rajeshwari said that the nursing students come to the hospital at 8:30 am and go back at 11:30 am but they do not follow the procedures of the hospital. “They just come here and ask questions. Neither do they check the BP nor do they come near the patient. The attitude of the present generation is different. They do not listen to us, they do not visit the ward. They are only trying to score high marks in the examinations,” she said.
In response Khader said that the students who come to the hospital should follow the hospital’s rules. “They should involve themselves in helping the patients, providing medical help and making beds for the patients. If PG doctors and the Nurses come to Wenlock hospital, they should perform their duties according to the hospital procedures. If they fail to follow the hospital procedures, we will cancel their clinical permission. Wenlock is not a place for them to to come according to their time. It is the duty of the college heads to bifurcate the students. If they are not working, it is the duty of the District Surgeon to make them work. Why do we need 1000 students to come here all at once and do nothing? Let they come shift wise. We do not want a large quantity of students but we need quality in the work. It is the duty of the incharge to see that they do their work according to the guidelines,” he said.
There are guidelines for nursing students and doctors. He said that the District Surgeon should bifurcate the job according to the guidelines. “If they refuse to work, prepare a detailed report and submit it to the department. We will take action.” Khader asked the district Surgeon to call a meeting with all the 17 colleges and inform them about the students’ attitude. “If they still do not want to work, we will cancel their clinical permission,” he said.
Some senior staff alleged that there is a shortage of staff and there are no Grade II staff. They said that this is the first time that the hospital is operating without Grade II staff. There are 905 beds and at present there are 700 patients. There is no staff in ICU, HDU, Dialysis and OT. It is very difficult to manage all the patients.
Khader said that at present, there are 185 staff in the hospital and if the staff will work efficiently, everything can be managed. He also said that in other private hospitals, they have very less staff but they do not complain. He suggested that the students who come from 17 colleges for practicals be utilised for this purpose.
Khader also said that there are complaints that in the nursing hostels, the drinking water is not clean. “I thought of visiting the hostel but I will give a chance to rectify and correct the problem. Drinking water should be clean. I will form a team to investigate this case. Parents are worried about the problems faced by their children in the hostels,” he said.
Later, Khader called the Director of Health and Family Welfare Vamadev to increase the medical funds in the budget because the Wenlock hospital is considered as a regional hospital and people come from Udupi, Davangere, Chitradurga Madekeri, Chikkamagaluru and even from Kerala come here for treatment.