Maharashtra assembly speaker Dilip Walse Patil got a taste of the own bitter medicine of his Congress-NCP government and just how keen the government is on providing health services in the state. On Sunday, when Dilip Walse Patil suffered a minor injury and was to be taken in an ambulance, no government hospital in Mumbai has a single ambulance available. Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse Patil got a first-hand taste of the dismal state of affairs in the medical education and public health departments recently. After he met with a minor accident on December 6, it has to wait well over three hours before he got an ambulance. And as no orthopedic surgeon was available at the government hospital since it was a Sunday, he was admitted to a private nursing home. If this is the medical attention available to the speaker of the state assembly, one can imagine the fate of ordinary citizens. Walse Patilwas taking a morning stroll in a public garden near his Malabar Hill residence when he fell and injured his left shoulder. The speaker’s experience reflects the crises in the public health and medical education departments. On one hand, the state is drafting a Rs 120-crore upgrade for JJ Hospital and Grant Medical College, and on the other hand, they can provide neither an ambulance nor an orthopaedic surgeon for the assembly speaker. As of today all 14 government medical colleges in the state are in poor health because of the casual approach of the bureaucracy. Twelve colleges lack deans. And in most departments, key posts of professors and associate professors have been vacant since anywhere between one and ten years, because of faculty members joining private medical colleges. Indeed, a pathetic state of affairs that needs some immediate cleaning by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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