Resident doctors lament ‘chronic paucity’ of manpower at ESUT-TH

[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUT-TH), Parklane, has lamented lack of manpower in the hospital and has resolved to scale-down the admission forthwith, due to what it described as ‘chronic paucity’ of doctors.

ESUTH-TH Resident Doctors

This is contained in a communiqué issue at the end of its emergency general meeting, which was signed by its President, Dr Emmanuel Edoga and the association’s General Secretary, Dr. Chukwunonso Ofonere, a copy of which was made available to our Correspondent on Thursday.

The communiqué read in part, “That the association of Resident Doctors ESUTH-TH Parklane declared a state of Emergency in ESUT-Teaching Hospital due to chronic paucity.

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“That starting from Monday, July 19, 2021, the Association of Resident Doctors, Parklane will in conjunction with MDCAN ESUT-TH Parklane, scale-down all admissions/emergency intakes and clinic consultations by 25 per cent in the first instance.

“And 50 per cent from Monday, August 2, 2021, if recruitments are not carried out.

“That the hospital management should also urgently engage new residents in the following departments: Surgery, Psychiatry, Anaesthesia, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and Gynaecology, radiology among others.

“Plans for full implementation of MRTF should commence. The Hospital Management should also refund the Bench Fees paid by members of ARD ESUT-TH, prior to provisional stoppage of the implementation of Bench Fees by the Federal Government.”

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The communiqué also called for improved Internal Revenue Generation (IGR) in ESUT-TH Parklane, adding that the hospital management should immediately consider strict implementation of the following:

“Improving all forms of accounting, monitoring and evaluation in the hospital as well as mandatory institution of POS terminals, with percentage discounts/incentives to encourage use by patients/accounting staff.

“Establishment of pay points in all points of care; detailed quarterly publication of Departmental revenue targets and generation and quarterly performance evaluation of all staff.

“Establishment of a reward and punishment system for all staff; reduction of time and hassles experienced by patients and patient relatives and efficient feedback mechanisms from patients/patient relatives.”

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