- Pune’s Yerwada Regional mental hospital is facing an acute shortage of the doctors and the support staff.
- The government-run hospital which is one of the largest in India currently hosts 1200 patients suffering from mental illness.
- According to the administration, there are only eight psychiatrists at present in the hospital to look after over 1,200 patients.
The staff shortage is also affecting the patients, as the doctors are overburdened, and support staff which takes care of the patients are also less in number.
The hospital administration has asked the state government to give them more doctors so that they can efficiently manage patients with mental illnesses.
Dr Abhijit Phadnis, Medical Superintendent, Regional Mental Hospital, Yerawada, said, “Currently, we have two senior and six junior psychiatrists providing medical services to the patients suffering from mental illness. But, this number is not sufficient. As the patients have to be examined, counselled, and treated and this cannot be done with only eight doctors. We need eight more doctors so that we can better manage the patients.”
Dr Phadnis further added, “With qualified doctors, we need a more number of caretaker staff as well to support the doctors. We are facing this shortage since the past two-three years. We have submitted our demands to the state government.”