AIIMS Delhi introduces SOPs to streamline medical facilities for MPs; draws criticism from medical associations

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In a bid to streamline treatment facilities for MPs, AIIMS Delhi has developed a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which include the provision of a Nodal Officer to coordinate and facilitate medical care arrangements.

This decision, however, drew strong criticism from a section of doctors who denounced the “VIP culture” at the first health institute.

In a recent letter to YM Kandpal, Joint Secretary of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, AIIMS Director, Mr Srinivas, listed the SOPs for Outpatient Service (OPD), Emergency Consultation and Hospitalization of members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

In his letter, Srinivas said duty officers from the Department of Hospital Administration will be available 24 hours a day in the AIIMS control room to coordinate and facilitate arrangements.

The Federation of Medical Resident Associations (FORDA), however, questioned the decision, pointing out that the special privilege granted to MPs could come at the expense of ordinary patients.

He said in a tweet: “We condemn VIP culture. No patient should suffer at the expense of another’s privileges. That being said, having a protocol to streamline things shouldn’t be seen as derogatory, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of patient care. people first, representatives second)”. Only VIP in healthcare is sicker patient. A physician should not be forced to choose. ”The Director of AIIMS said in his letter that the MP’s staff can contact 011-26589279, 011-26593308, 011-26593574 or 9868397016 to speak to the duty officer.

The officer, also a qualified medical professional, will in turn approach the medical specialist or super-specialist or the relevant department head to schedule an appointment, the letter states.

In case of emergency, the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha secretariats or the MP’s staff can contact the duty officer, who will direct them to the emergency services, he said.

The Federation of All India Medical Associations (FAIMA) also tweeted and shared a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya calling on him to take cognizance of the matter.

”On one side our Hon’ble @PMOIndia shri @narendramodi Ji says ‘There is no #VIP culture in #India! But on the other hand the director of @aiims_newdelhi #Dr_M_Srinivas publishes a letter to promote #VIP culture! As in the past, we are still against #VIP culture! #SayNoToVIPculture,’ he tweeted.

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