“Lack of bed for patient” at SMHS creates ruckus

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A patient of Hajin Bandipora alleges that he was not allocated a bed at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) in Srinagar even as he was allotted a “short stay” admission card.

The patient Bilal Ahmad as per hospital documents was admitted for a short stay at the hospital. He was suffering from gastrointestinal illness. The non availablity of the bed for the patient led to heated argument between the attendants of the patient and hospital staff.

“We have been wandering here and there to find a bed for the patient but the hospital administration is not providing us a bed for the stay of the patient,” said Mohd Sarwar Bhat who was holding the patient on wheelchair in the corridor of the hospital.

“A doctor at the medical emergency ward told us that they are not responsible for making beds available, go and ask the Chief Medical officer (CMO),” Bhat alleged.

The short stay card is meant for admission to a short stay ward for targeted care of patients who require brief hospitalization and are discharged as soon as clinical conditions are resolved.

Bhat said that they approached CMO in this regard but got no help.

Medical Superintendent SMHS was not available for comments.

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