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Citizens complain of PIMS doctors’ absenteeism

ISLAMABAD: The residents of the capital have demanded the authorities concerned to take notice of absence of senior doctors from different wards and Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).According to them, it has become a routine practice that senior doctors remain absent from their jobs and spend their duty timings at their private clinics. “These doctors are habitual and now it is not possible for them to spend time in the hospital as they are earning a huge amount from their private clinics,” said Aslam Awan, a citizen. He said that the senior doctors operate in their private clinics during their duty timings, which is against professional ethics and norms, while in their absence, trainee doctors examine the patients at OPD.Kashif Kalam, a student said, “Due to such apathetic attitude of the doctors, the patients face hardships in the hospital, who visit from different cities of the country.” “They should be restricted to observe their duty hours strictly and avoid operating private clinics in duty time. “There should be surprise visits from the ministry concerned to check their presence in the hospitals,” he added. He also urged the authorities concerned to ensure provision of better services to the senior citizens at filter clinics of PIMS OPDs, as due to lack of such facilities, the citizens who come with different health problems face several hardships.Wasim Khan, another citizen said that there is a need to start a full-fledged evening shift at the hospital, keeping in view the patients’ burden in the morning. Due to heavy load at the OPD in daytime and limited hospital timings, several patients, who come from far flung areas of the country, face several problems and fail to get consultation from the doctors. The people also complained of inadequate staff at the PIMS emergency and OPD, and appealed to deploy sufficient medical and paramedical staff for delivery of better services to the patients.They said that unlike abroad where one doctor examines five to seven patients in a day, here at the PIMS, each doctor has to examine around 100 patients daily at the OPD. When contacted, an official of the hospital said that the hospital was established with an aim to provide special health services to the patients with critical diseases. However, the hospital has now become a major medical facility, which is visited by patients suffering from different diseases from all over the country. He said that the hospital management is trying its level best to ensure best medical care to the patients. A sufficient number of doctors perform duties at the OPDs, including medical officers, professors, assistant professors, and post-graduates, he added. 

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