Deceased's kin wait for hours in Capital Hospital for post-mortem report

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 20, 2024 IST

Capital Hospital

Bhubaneswar, Jan 20: Deceased's kin are forced to wait for hours in Capital Hospital to get post-mortem report which has triggered discontentment.

According to reports, the premier government-run hospital of Bhubaneswar city has only two doctors in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology – one full time and another one in additional duty.

All most all private hospitals in the city send bodies to the Capital Hospital for post-mortem and only important cases are being referred to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Over 20 post-mortems were conducted in the hospital during the last one week. 

While it is taking around an hour for autopsy after a long wait for arrival of the concerned doctor at 11 am, the legal documentation and police paper work taking another an hour. 

However, there is no availability of waiting room for kin of the deceased in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, who reach the hospital around 8 am in the morning to take report. The distressed relatives have no option but to wait for hours outside the department until the paperwork is done.

An employee of the post-mortem centre said autopsy is being conducted from 12 noon till 5 pm. Only one doctor is undertaking the procedure another one is assisting. It is taking time due to work load on only one doctor.

Capital Hospital Director Dr Laxmidhar Sahoo also admitted the shortage of doctors in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology.

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