AIIMS opens counter for VIP cases sent by Health Minister OSD

“This new counter will cater exclusively to the patients recommended by the OSD to President, AIIMS and VIP references from Hon’ble MPs after being duly forwarded by the authority in AIIMS they have been marked to,” it says.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:March 9, 2017 4:55 am
AIIMS, AIIMS user charges, AIIMS treatment charges, AIIMS Deputy Director V Srinivas, WHO parliamentary committee, finance ministry on AIIMS user charges, indian express news Other officials authorised to decide a VIP referral are the director, medical superintendent and senior financial advisor of AIIMS.

THE ALL India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has opened a “new counter” to cater “exclusively” to patients recommended by the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Union Health Minister J P Nadda and “VIP references” from Members of Parliament. Nadda also holds the post of president, AIIMS. “In order to address the concerns of OSD to President, AIIMS and to streamline the OPD registration (new and follow-up) of patients recommended by the OSD to President, AIIMS and Members of Parliament, an additional counter shall be opened with effect from March 1, 2017,” says a circular issued by the AIIMS administration on February 23.

“This new counter will cater exclusively to the patients recommended by the OSD to President, AIIMS and VIP references from Hon’ble MPs after being duly forwarded by the authority in AIIMS they have been marked to,” it says.

According to the circular, the OSD to the Health Minister will decide if a reference made by a doctor qualifies as a VIP or not. Other officials authorised to decide a VIP referral are the director, medical superintendent and senior financial advisor of AIIMS.

Earlier, the media and protocol division at AIIMS would facilitate the registration process for “VIP references”, but there was no exclusive counter for them. Now, the AIIMS administration has officially started a mechanism to ensure smooth registration for “VIP references”, opening a new counter at the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD.

The circular also states that staff posted with the media and protocol division shall “henceforth only facilitate the OPD card registration process and the slips for making the cards… to whom VIP reference has been referred to viz. Director, MS (medical superintendent), Sr FA (senior financial advisor), OSD,” says the circular.

On an average, AIIMS gets 10,000 patients daily at its OPD counters. As OPD registration closes at 11 am, patients who have been referred from one department to another have to register online for consultation the next day. “But with the new move, the VIP patients can consult any time till the OPD is functional. The VIP patients need no online registration if they have been referred from one department to another, as they have special counters dedicated to them,” said a faculty member at AIIMS.

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    S bal
    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:35 am
    The VIP Culture and AIIMS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Newspapers are afloat today. The news is numbing!!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;THE ALL India Insute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has opened a “new counter” to cater “exclusively” to patients recommended by the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Union Health Minister J P Nadda and “VIP references” from Members of Parliament. Nadda also holds the post of president, AIIMS. “In order to address the concerns of OSD to President, AIIMS and to streamline the OPD registration (new and follow-up) of patients recommended by the OSD to President, AIIMS and Members of Parliament, an additional counter shall be opened with effect from March 1, 2017,” says a circular issued by the AIIMS administration on February 23.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just want to point out to you the results of this disgusting, discriminatory policy. And these guys came on the promise of “ ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas” Empty Rhetoric !!!lt;br/gt;About 7 months back, I referred a poor patient to AIIMS for treatment of Ca Breast. Forget treatment, she could not even get a diagnosis despite speaking to a Professor. Finally I got her admitted in my “private Hospital” operated on her and paid for it from my pocket.lt;br/gt;The consution of this country guarantees equal treatment for all. But it has been usurped by the “VIP” culture that afflicts us as a nation. Today we read in the newspapers “AIIMS opens counter for VIP cases sent by Health Minister OSD” The OSD in AIIMS is a parasite. Right from the times (if not earlier)of Sushma Swaraj when an unemplo lawyer was given employment as OSD, this foul practice has been going on.lt;br/gt;AIIMS may claim that it sees 10000 patients in a year in the OPD. What needs to be asked is…What happens to those patients???? How many complete treatment???lt;br/gt;I think that this latest move is a tragedy and a travesty of justice and that a minister of Modi’s government should create a false line of priority over citizens who need AIIMS treatment more than them is disgusting. And Modiji is silent on this…Sab ka Saath…sab ka Vinaash.lt;br/gt;All patients should get the same priority and there should be no VIP culture in health care. And anyway, as my experience of patient care in AIIMS is concerned, the “needy” are Health Ministry Officials as low down to a peon and various other government functionaries who have prosuted this system to benefit their own.lt;br/gt;Shame on the Health Ministry and its top functionary and shame on the courts of this country which shuffle patients to the private sector under a fraudulent “EWS” system.lt;br/gt;Shame on us for tolerating it and accepting it. Shame on the AIIMS Director and the AIIMS Faculty.lt;br/gt;If you cannot practice equity in healthcare, I dread the future of this nation…Sabka Saath…Sabka Vikas…a total sham…. It’s a method of driving people away from the government sector, privatize medicine and leave the poor of this country to their wretched fate…. It was a sin to be born in this country…..Cry my beloved country… Just Crylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;
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    Devi Prasad
    Mar 9, 2017 at 1:21 am
    Ideally, all such VIP references should also be linked to AADHAAR.
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    Sonu Malik.
    Mar 9, 2017 at 1:48 am
    I hope that the SC takes a Sue Moto cognesence of this robing the poor and paying the rich policy and issues shutting down orders of this , yet another fringe benefit for VIPs. Jai Hind.
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    Sonu Malik.
    Mar 9, 2017 at 1:24 am
    Why ? Tax payers money created AIIMS and resources diverted to rich VIPs? Already there is no room for the poor and now this. This is mockery of justice as many poor patients will have yet another parameter going against them. Wah re VIP culture .
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    Dr. Amit
    Mar 10, 2017 at 2:52 am
    Hilarious..! In fact, it should be: All cases referred by non-medico VIPs to be considered VIPs, whereas they have not yet decided whether to consider cases referred by doctor as VIP or not. And on what basis???
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    Tutu420
    Mar 9, 2017 at 3:02 am
    This is completely casteist and discriminatory. Are these people are Gods? Its high time that BJP that is presenting itself as for common man should stop all these divisive measures. Otherwise, people will show them doors in 2019 ! Hope Modi is listening !
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    Gehlot
    Mar 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    This is the height of discrimination. AIIMS instead of being a common man's hospital is becoming elitist. If the VVIPs want personal attention, then they should go to private hospitals and pay for such care. AIIMS is too crowded to even cater to high medical priorities that VVIP obsession should be curbed. lt;br/gt;I have a chronic eye ailment and I go to RP Centre at AIIMS every month for treatment. I have heard one of its professors shout and scream at poor patients saying "don't you know I am padmashree? get out of here". The only game seems to be to cater to VVIPs and get padamshree. Bhai log, aap ka padamshree kis kaam ka agar aap ek gareeb ka bimari theek nahin kar sak the? Pickle your padamshrees and take it along when you are no more.
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    jiten
    Mar 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    For poor patients they hv to spend n no of rounds from dept to other and to labs. If aiims has taken care of those pets it could hv wonderful. But every one including health. Minister and aiims administration has been misused for vip and rich people. It's really a shame. The quality of health care provided for poor patients are worst and no one is there to look for. Nothing will change but every one chanting Desh badal raha Hai. Yeah it is but towards worst.
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