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AIIMS to work in two shifts-Operation timings at hospital likely to go up

AIIMS to work in two shifts-Operation timings at hospital likely to go up

New Delhi: AIIMS administration is mulling to extend the operation timings by three hours at the premier hospital in accordance to a proposal, keeping in view the increasing load of patients in the waiting list.

However, the proposed move has been vehemently opposed by the anaesthetists who, according to sources, are not okay with the timings.

Surgeons have proposed that surgeries be done at the hospital in two shifts –from 8 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 8 pm.

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Currently, surgeries are done from 8.30 am to 5 pm, which would be extended by three hours if the proposal sees the light of the day.

“Increasing the surgery timings in a day would benefit the patients in a major way by reducing the waiting period. It will also improve the quality of service as the surgeon who will come in the second shift will be fresh and will operate with energy,” a senior AIIMS doctor said.

According to sources, as many as 1,94,015 surgeries were performed in the hospital In 2017-2018. It means on an average, 16,000 operations are conducted in a month and the daily number stands at 531.

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“Despite this, the waiting period for heart surgeries on an average is six to seven years. Similar is the condition in the neurosurgery department and because of this, patients suffer. Several patients come to the hospital from far-flung areas for treatment. But in the surgery department, they are given dates with long gaps,” the doctor said.

The doctor said in the last few years, the number of surgeons in the hospital has increased, but still, the waiting period has not come down.

Another senior doctor said at present surgeons operate two days a week and are busy with OPD and inwards on other days.

In the anaesthesia department, there are 30-35 faculty and around 80-90 junior and senior resident doctors. Besides, there are separate anaesthetists at the Cancer Centre and the Cardio and Neuro Centres.


Source: PTI
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    Dr Kailash Kabra March 6, 2019, 3:40 am

    Yes two shifts best option as, number of patient इन इंडिया for AIIMS more एंड वे can just duoble the faculties in anaesthesia and desired surgical branch, 730 to3 &2pmto830 pm

    So we have fresh team with same infra वे can make possible, if financial issue with govt, one can think of vip catagary and little high charges so can afford more staff and drs

  2. With similar staffing pattern for Anaesthesiology , i dont see why this can be a problem.
    If the surgical team agrees to have separate teams in two shifts, so should be the Anaesthesiology team