Bathinda: Cancer patients forced into private facilities: The Tribune India

Bathinda, December 26

The treatment of cancer patients is negatively affected as nurses, technical staff and service attendants at the Advanced Cancer Institute-cum-Hospital have been restless for a week.

Hospital authorities, who were already grappling with a staff shortage, are now finding it very difficult to provide care.

Do our best

The work is affected due to the ongoing employee strike. We do our best to keep patients in pain. – Deepak Arora, Director, Cancer Hospital

Cancer patients admitted to the ward ward (IPD) were discharged and new patients were only seen in the ambulatory care ward (OPD).

As the quality of treatment was also compromised, critical patients were forced to go to private hospitals, costing them exorbitantly. Most of the patients who visit the hospital come from the lower strata of society who cannot afford expensive treatment.

The cancer institute not only welcomes patients from Bathinda or other districts of Malwa, but also residents of neighboring districts of Haryana and Rajasthan.

Due to the ongoing protest, there are no staff to work the night shift and the operation of the medical laboratory has also been affected.

An employee on condition of anonymity said: “It’s the patients who ultimately suffer. Staff have the right to protest, but they must devote time to the well-being of cancer patients.

Dr Deepak Arora, Director of the Advanced Cancer Institute-cum-Hospital, said: “The patients are examined and chemotherapy sessions take place. Some units of the hospital are not operational. – TNS

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