Incompetence at JPMC

A friend spent a day at JPMC trying to get doctors to attend to a road accident victim and was appalled at the incompetence of the doctors and staff. A peon in his office was riding on his motorcycle when the driver of a water tanker lost control causing the tanker to fall over on its side and crush the peon and his passenger, his young daughter
He survived; sadly his young daughter died. Incredibly the man’s misery had only just begun – he was rushed by onlookers to Jinnah hospital, where doctors ignored him for a while, then cursorily examined him and pronounced him fit to be discharged. The man was barely able to walk and was sneaked into the orthopaedics ward where he lay on a bed for a whole day before doctors there intervened – and that too only after the head of the department had been contacted.

9 Comments so far

  1. Keep Walking! Johnnie Walker (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

    Exactly! Even Aga Khan is no different. My friend spent 4 hours on stretcher outside emergency ward just waiting to be examined and to get a room. Later, he was diagnosed with Dangea fever (sorry for spelling).

  2. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

    Jeez, that is certainly bad. My grand dad contacted us here in Australia to arrange some eye surgical medicines and equipment – unfortunately even unavailable in Pakistan. But we couldnt, wonder what would happen to the guy who had the accident with glass in his high. May Allah bless us all.

  3. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    Certainly its time for Franchise Hospitals of foriegn firms just the way KFC, Shereton, Toyota have done it. I wonder why people do not invest in Hospital, its such a good ‘business’ in Pakistan.

  4. MB (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

    The attitude at JMPC by their staff and doctors is so shameful, to say the least. One of my friend one day called me asking me if I know anyone at JMPC, because his younger brother was in very serious condition and the doctors are not only helping out but even after 24 hours no one is bothered to even look at the patient. The hospital staff first refused to take the patient saying they don’t want to be responsible if anything happened to the child.
    After much argument they allowed him to be admitted but no one there is bothered about a human at the death door. I had to call someone to sort out the issue. The most sad part of the story is , it seems, no one has any care for a human life there. It seems animals and not humans are being brought there. Even animals deserve attention in this 21st century but people at JMPC seem no regards for any life, alive or ill.

  5. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 9:56 am

    Indeed, the human care needed in times of turmoil and distress MUST reign supreme in all the circumstances. The comments here are an outward demonstration of anger felt at the apathy shown by a bunch of govt. doctors.

    There are a number of pros and cons to this situation.

    One, the sdministration is forced to get tough with the negligent docs/staff (as Supreme Court of Pakistan has done in Chakwal Docs Case recently).

    Other (and I think the better one) is to look at the problems of JPMC and try to build upon the gaps therein. If resources, like HR n revamp is the bottleneck then lets contribute our effort to alleviate the problem.

    BUT above all, a doc primary responsibility should be to console and provide best treatment possible.

  6. waseem abbas (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    i m waseem abbas
    i m madical student
    at j p m c

  7. Adman (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 8:15 am

    Tough everybody who goes through turmoil and apathy during the times of adversity must be shocked at the mis-management and lack of least attention warranted to a deserving patient.

    But, as I earlier said there is a holistic development to this all. Dawn’s link give us an insight into the JPMC as the NATION’s PRIDE.

    We as a society must try to appreciate the hard work, when it is brought to fore. This is the least to make (any) contribution whatsoever.

  8. MB (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    ” During this phase of several years, JPMC has served patients and produced brilliant consultants, medical teachers, nurses, medical technologists and paramedic ”

    A Flat lie and nothing else ADMAN.
    The reality brings out the truth not the books.

  9. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    MB: Leave everything aside, and just honestly say that “you have read the book?”

    I have seen hostile reactions, which are devoid of any semblance of overall value that a public utility offers to society (in this case a hospital that is perhaps the lifeline of 5-8 million people in Karachi).

    The callous and indifferent attitude of few people cannot be extended to an organization of JPMC’s magnitude.

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