Even a fraction of a second can make a difference between life and death of an accident victim, but it is an irony that the ambulances rushing critically injured to the main referral hospital SMHS hospital have to wade through haphazard parking, right in front of the OPD and emergency unit. The doctors of the hospital blame the authorities for their inaction. The doctors of the hospital told early times that such mismanagement on the hospital premises is a telltale of official apathy towards emergency patients struggling hard for life and even harder for making their way for timely treatment. “Almost every day the hospital receives serious patients and it is an established fact that accidents take place in different areas of Kashmir division and the ambulances keep ferrying injured to the hospital. However, both sirens of ambulances and cries of injured fell on deaf ears of the hospital administration as vehicles parked in the area of main gate create hurdles to enter ambulances in the hospital,” one of the senior doctor working in the hospital wished anonymity said. The doctor blamed the authorities for their inaction. “If you come hospital at 10.30 you cannot enter into the hospital. We have several times asked the contractor who has been allotted the parking slot in hospital, not to park vehicles on the road sides in the hospital but his reply remains that medical superintended has given him the full authority to use any space of the hospital for the parking slots,” he said. The patients said that almost all parking slots happen to be across the way, from main gate to the emergency ward or OPD. “The first parking slot is in front of the main exit gate that has been locked. Therefore, all vehicles, attendants and hospital staff suffer a lot,” the patients said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch