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In recent months, there have been multiple incidents of COVID deaths in the government hospitals due to the lack of ICU availability and ventilators. Despite the existence of laws, rules and vigilance mechanisms why do such tragedies occur? Analyse and suggest remedies for improving the probity in hospital administration.

Topic : Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

6. In recent months, there have been multiple incidents of COVID deaths in the government hospitals due to the lack of ICU availability and ventilators. Despite the existence of laws, rules and vigilance mechanisms why do such tragedies occur? Analyse and suggest remedies for improving the probity in hospital administration. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is premised on the concept of probity in administration.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the case with emphasis on need for probity in hospital administration.

Directive:

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Probity means being honest and trustworthy and acting with integrity.

Body:

Explain first that Honesty and integrity are central to probity and define how any professional person should act: being upstanding and law-abiding, and respectful of the trust placed in you by others. This is vital in healthcare as trust is the fulcrum on which the doctor–patient relationship is balanced.

Then move onto explain that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to hospitals and hospital administrators: equipment shortages for both patients and health care workers; steep declines in revenue; and attendant staffing concerns.

Suggest what needs to be done to ensure probity in hospital administration in such situations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with possible solutions to uphold principles of probity.

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