Mysuru: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P. Vishwanath Shetty paid a surprise visit this morning to take stock of administration and the condition of patients in the century-old K.R Hospital, popularly called ‘Doddaspathre’ by the rural folk.
The Lokayukta inspected facilities and treatment being given to patients after visiting various outpatient wards of departments like Orthopaedics, ENT, Casualty, Medicine, Dermatology as well as X-Ray and Radiology. He also visited the adjacent Cheluvamba Hospital.
Justice Shetty expressed his displeasure over the blatant neglect of the hospital that is a lifeline for many patients from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu.
He said that though the hospital deserves to be well managed, the State-run institution was being run in a pathetic way.
Inspecting the hospital for more than five hours, the Lokayukta said that he was deeply pained seeing absolute lack of facilities like ventilators, life-saving drugs, dialysis treatment and various specialised treatments that the poor cannot afford at private hospitals.
Justice Vishwanath Shetty said that he had heard a lot of complaints from public that doctors were advising and referring patients to private hospitals when there are enough facilities and infrastructure.
Recalling the contributions of Maharajas of Mysore, he said the Wadiyars had built the hospital years ago with the main intention of ensuring affordable treatment to poor and underprivileged segments of the society. “Unfortunately, the vision of Wadiyars has not been followed here,” he said.