Come winter and life becomes hard to survive and sustain. It’s similar tale everywhere when one tackles harsh chill by using traditional and conventional means at home or offices but critical medical institutions or hospitals require special attention in terms of continuous power supply which could illuminate and heat the requisite spaces for patients in dire need. For years now, Kashmir hospitals have been subjected to poor heating arrangements as soon as the winter sets in and health administrators have turned mute to this vital need during cold conditions. The heating hours in major hospitals do not go beyond 12 hours a day as SMHS Hospital, Lal Ded Hospital, CD Hospital, Bone and Joint Hospital and others are suffering for want of proper heating. The cold and uncomfortable OPDs and other hospital areas in the coldest part of the year have seen a perpetual shortfall in facilities and have not been addressed over the years. It is six hours in the morning and seven hours in the evening in the month of November and now the officials say that the heating hours will be increased in December. Why can’t hospitals keep the broilers on round the clock notwithstanding the fuel issue since they have funds to do that and if these are short, then the UT administration should enhance the budget for generators and other means. Besides, keeping a continuous broiler system on, there are less arrangements for the central heating system in these critical hospitals which require optimum temperatures in wards. Since patients have attendants as life saviours due to failure of government to evolve medical facilities sans attendants, they need to survive in the corridors of these hospitals. The heating arrangements go down when it’s minus outside and temperature dips inside and for patients the coldest parts of the night are the most uncomfortable ones at the hospitals as the heating systems are switched off. If SKIMS Soura and SKIMS Medical College Hospital could keep the central heating system on for the run round the clock, why can’t GMC Associated hospitals. There is urgent intervention required by the administration to help patients recuperate in cold conditions and it could be done by additional funding in times of cold emergency in November. The health administrators have to be blamed for not informing the Finance Department in advance during the budgeting process wherein sufficient allotment could have been in place for this contingency.