Gopeshwar: Questioning the rationale behind setting up a trauma centre in Gopeshear town of Chamoli district headquarters in Uttarakhand, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in his report has stated that as many as 190 patients lost their lives due to absence of doctors. 

As per the CAG report, the trauma care unit constructed with a cost of Rs 1.5 crore mainly for the treatment of road accident victims has failed to serve its purpose as it has nothing to offer except the building.

The Trauma centre is now being used for the emergency services of district hospital.

The CAG report further says, there were 11 vacancies for specialist physicians and 22 for others (8 nurses, 12 officials) in the trauma centre but the same were not fulfilled nor the critical infrastructure for emergencies of CT scan were made available.

In response to the allegations, Gopeshwar District Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. D L Shah said, “Since permanent recruitments have not been made in the trauma centre, the doctors of district hospital are looking after emergency cases of the centre.”

“Allegations on trauma centre mentioned in the CAG audit are being examined,” Shah said.

It is worth mentioning that in 2009, the then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, B C Khanduri, had inaugurated the Gopeshwar based trauma centre.