The Bir Hospital administration has been planning to provide services in two shifts after mid-December. The hospital officials hope that the two-shift service will lessen the hardships faced by patients who come to seek treatment at the hospital.
“Patients won´t have to wait for weeks and months for treatment after we start providing services in two shifts,” said Dr Swyam Prakash Pandit, director of the hospital. He informed that the hospital is also planning to introduce paid services before 9 am and after 4 pm.
According to Dr Pandit, the hospital administration has proposed to divide the normal service hours from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm. Patients can get general medical services during both shifts at normal charges.
“Those doctors who examine patients in the morning session will engage in academic activities in the evening session, and those who engage in academic activities in the morning session would provide care in the evening session,” Dr Pandit said. “If that happens, we can run most of our departments on all days.”
Currently, hundreds of patients who come to the hospital from far-flung villages are forced to wait for several days for treatment as the hospital does not provide services every day due to the unavailability of medical staff who are also engaged in academic activities.
Dr Pandit, however, said that the hospital´s proposal is yet to get approval from the senate of the National Academy of the Medical Sciences (NAMS), the authority that governs the Bir Hospital. He informed that the hospital will submit its proposal regarding the two-shift service during the upcoming senate meeting.
Dr Pandit also informed that the hospital will propose providing consultant services before 9 am and after 4 pm. Patients will get services at the hospital at a price set by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). “Both patients who can and cannot afford will benefit from the new system,” added he.