Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni on Friday chaired a closed-door meeting with senior authorities of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and discussed various measures that should be taken in order to provide better and cheaper health facilities to the people of Jharkhand.
While speculations were rife that the meeting was called to address recent issues related to administrative glitches in the premiere State-run hospital, RIMS Director Dr DK Singh said that only matters related to better treatment and facilities for patients were discussed in the meeting.
“We discussed the ways by which we can provide better and cheaper facilities to the patients. The need for new equipment was also put forth during the meeting,” Singh said.
RIMS will get a new CT scan machine and latest equipment for the Radiology Ward, said Singh, adding that many more suggestions were given during the meeting and they will be put forth to the Governing Body (GB) in the next meeting of RIMS’ GB later this year.
A day before the meeting, Kulkarni had written a letter to RIMS Director seeking an explanation on the recent allegations on him of holding a cocktail party in the administrative building of the hospital. Rumours about the cocktail party were doing the rounds on the internet and had also hogged the attention of media in the past one week.
However, Singh had rubbished the allegations and said that some doctors were trying to tarnish the image of the institution as they were overwhelmed by the clampdown on their corrupt practices and insincerity towards work.
Singh on Friday said that there were a few complaints about higher charge of diagnosis at the hospital. It has been proposed to revise the charges, he added.
“We also discussed about drug availability, defunct machines and need of equipment for cancer ward and the trauma centre,” Singh said.
A 100-bed Trauma Centre was inaugurated at the hospital on July 14 last year. Besides, a 245-bed waiting room, in which the State will invest `15 crore, is likely to be constructed here by the end of this year.
The hospital is also working on dedicated infrastructure for cardiac surgeries and to provide the best possible cancer treatment here.
RIMS, the largest State-run hospital in Jharkhand, treats patients from all the 24 districts.
The hospital has been dealing with space crunch and dearth of doctors, while it has been upgrading its facilities.