The incident took place in Babu Banarsi Das District hospital in Bulandshahr. A sweeper was seen attending to a boy's legs and another ward boy was giving him injections while the Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Shisir Kumar watches the 'men' at work.
Many would say that given the infrastructure and the shortage of doctors, these people have to pitch in (which again is not correct) but here the case is not so. The hospital boasts of twenty three qualified doctors but unfortunatelt no one bothered to lend a helping hand to the injured boy or may be they were 'busy' helping patients at their private clinics.
If one of the doctors is to believed, this is a general practice, not only in Uttar Pradesh but even in NCR region. “ I have seen same things happening in government hospitals in NCR region where ward boys, who are not qualified to do such stuff, do the work of the doctors,” Dr Subrat Saxena, a general surgeon, based in Gurgaon told this citizen journalist .
In a perfect case of renting out their work, doctors take a seat while ward boys try their luck. “The doctors on the other hand do not want to do simple suturing and so they do not look after these cases,” Dr Saxena added.
The Chief Medical Officer of Babu Banarsi Das hospital, S H S Danu defending the incident in a bizzare way said that the ward boy seen in the video has been among the operating staff for last 10 years. Going by that logic, it is surprising why government spends hundreds of thousands of rupees to train a single doctor and students aspisring to become doctors should join as ward boys. “Sometimes there is a situation when there is nobody to attend to patients, so they sometimes help with the distribution of medicines,” Dhanu was quoted by IBN Live.
So is it ethical for people, who know the job due to observation but aren't technically trained, to take over at any point of time? Dr. Richa Dubey, Founder of Medscape answers, “Primarily the system has to be blamed. When a hospital faces shortage of staff then such kind of quacks comes in the picture. However, male nurses and female nurses are technically trained to look after stitches and the needs of patients, ward boys are only there to help the patients with medicine but not to perform any surgical procedure.”