|Ghost to the Rescue (standard:Fan Fiction, 1870 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jun 15 2013||Views/Reads: 1190/800||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A surgical resident at a hospital gets assistance from an unexpected source.|
Ghost to the Rescue Subba Rao The 100 years old general hospital in South India was named King George after a British ruler. Like Hindu temples built on hill tops, the hospital was built on a mountain top makes it visible from far distance. Down the hill, just a short walking distance is Bay of Bengal, perhaps the cool ocean breeze was a consideration in selecting the location for the hospital. The original hospital building was built with rock passant so as all the other city buildings like tax office, municipality office and even the high school, all built during British era as if the same architect designed all these buildings in town. The general hospital was built to provide free treatment to the public and train doctors. Patients travel long distances from distant villages to see specialist doctors at the hospital. Many past physicians and surgeons that served at the hospital were on the list of ‘who's who' in the field of medicine in the entire state. The medical school attached to the hospital was known for academic excellence and rigorous hands on training. The medical and surgical residents work long hours to gain as much experience for their own benefit. In the outpatient department, it is not uncommon for patients to wait for long hours before they can see a nurse and much longer if they could see at all a doctor. The poor patients have no choice but to wait since they cannot afford treatment at the private clinics just outside the public hospital. At the hospital entrance, security guards allow enough patients to fill the outpatient hall for the day only making exceptions for emergency cases. Sometimes, the security guards act like God in separating who would get in and who will stay out. Scores of doctors employed at the public hospital also have their own private clinics just outside the general hospital readily offering personal treatment for the patients willing to pay a hefty fee. This is in total contrast to the ambiguous free treatment poor people get at the public hospital after painful waiting for hours. Just outside the public hospital were large bill-boards listing dozens of doctors in private practice. The environment around the public hospital was anything but serene with heavy vehicular and foot traffic and vendors, particularly during visiting hours in the morning and evening. Vendors line up at Click here to read the rest of this story (272 more lines)
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