• Covid leaves high: Kol pvt hosps rope in consultants
    Times of India | 15 January 2022
  • KOLKATA: With scores of doctors yet to return to work after serving their home isolation period post-Covid, private hospitals in Kolkata have started roping in consultants, physicians and juniors from other departments to fill in for them.

    Even though the first batch of Covid-positive medics had returned to work at most hospitals this week, more have tested positive subsequently, keeping the gap intact. Several hospitals said they plan to rope in more from other departments and appoint medics and technicians on a temporary basis for they see no change in situation for another two weeks.

    At RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), around 150 healthcare workers remain infected with Covid and are in home isolation. This includes doctors, nurses and support staff. “So, providing seamless care has become a major challenge. To overcome the crisis partially, we are planning to expand the clinical team for Covid management. We have requested clinicians from anesthesia, neuroscience, cardiac and internal medicine to provide support in Covid critical care till the series of infection amongst healthcare workers somewhat comes to an end,” said zonal head R Venkatesh.

    AMRI Hospitals have decided to rope in resident medical officers (RMO) from across departments and appoint doctors on a temporary basis to fill in for those in home isolation. The hospital now has 12 doctors, including consultants and RMOs, in home isolation after testing positive. Several technincians, too, at AMRI are in home isolation. They are being temporariliy substituted as well.

    “We have decided to use our RMOs and appoint doctors temporarily to fill in the gap. Technicians are being hired on a temporary basis due to the crisis. The decision has been taken since we expect more of our healthworkers to test positive and go into home isolation over the next few weeks,” said an AMRI spokesperson.

    At Ruby Hospital, six doctors are now in home isolation but services at the Covid ward has not yet been affected. “Fortunately, we have enough consultants in internal medicine who cater to Covid patients. But with groups of doctors and nurses being constantly affected, a shortage is not ruled out in the near future and we are preparing for it,” said general manager (operations) Subhashish Datta.

    At other hospitals, like Medica Superspecialty and Belle Vue Clinic, the first group of infected doctors have just joined work. “At the moment, we don’t have a crisis of doctors. But this seems to be an ongoing process with so many being infected every day. So, exigencies may happen any time,” said Medica chairperson Alok Roy.
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