The Government of Karnataka will request nursing schools and colleges to spare the services of their students to help government hospitals tide over the acute shortage of staff nurses. The government will also consider requests by MLAs to set up government nursing schools or colleges in the respective areas as a permanent solution to the problem.
In an informal chat with reporters after inspecting facilities at Government Lady Goschen Hospital, the minister for medical education Ramachandra Gowda said they have 22 staff nurses on rolls against Medical Council of India’s recommendations of 90 staff nurses for the sanctioned bed strength of 260. Nursing schools/colleges sparing the services of their students for a week in rotation will help ease this problem to a great extent. He also urged Kasturba Medical College, which is using the hospital to meet the clinical requirement of its students to play a greater role in maintaining and managing Lady Goschen hospital.
Acknowledging the fact that the hospital was more than 160 years old and in dire need of a facelift, Gowda said he would discuss with the chief minister to explore possibilities of giving a hi-tech look to the facility. The minister said there is no reason why government hospitals, which always had to meet to growing expectations of large sections of economically backward sections of society, should not have modern look to its facilities.
The government would need up to Rs 250 crore to set up necessary infrastructure for a medical college. Instead, it can bear up to 75 per cent fees of meritorious students who study in institutions set up by private parties and not per se get involved in the process of creating infrastructure.