AIIMS introduces SOPs to streamline medical facilities for MPs; gets the review


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” of the first health institute.

In a recent letter to YM Kandpal, Co-Secretary of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, AIIMS Director Mr Srinivas listed SOPs for Outpatient Service (OPD), Emergency Consultation and hospitalization of incumbent Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha deputies. .

In the letter, Dr. 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, provided that ‘it doesn’t interfere with patient care.”

The AIIMS director said in the 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 the Rajya Sabha secretariat or the MP’s staff can contact the duty officer, who will direct them to the emergency services, he said.

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