The medical superintendent of Delhi government’s oldest superspecialty hospital — G B Pant Hospital — has claimed that he was removed from his post after “family members” of a patient, who had claimed to be acquaintances of senior AAP leaders, threatened to get him transferred.
Dr S P Jayant, who was transferred months before his retirement, claimed that the family members had made the threats since no ventilator-equipped beds were free to admit the patient. They had claimed that they had been referred to G B Pant Hospital by “AAP leaders in the government”, said Dr Jayant.
“I think my transfer is a direct result of this incident though several such referrals have come in the past. There have been no complaints from the hospital staff… such an internal transfer, five months before retirement, is not a routine transfer,” said Dr Jayant.
The patient concerned had suffered a head injury and needed ventilator support when he was brought to the hospital last week, claimed Dr Jayant.
“Our doctors examined him and explained to the relatives that none of the ventilators were free. They came to my office and argued with me, even naming an AAP leader. I requested them to get it in writing — that I should move out a patient who had already been admitted to accommodate the other patient. They then threatened to get me transferred,” said Dr Jayant.
He said that he had also received a call from a person — who claimed to be working in Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s office — over the issue.
Sources at the hospital confirmed that no ventilator-equipped bed were available when the patient had been brought in.
Dr Jayant claimed that in the last few months, several patients had made similar claims. “Though they never send anything in writing, there are calls from people who claim to be from the health minister’s office, to admit patients,” he said.
Explaining why he decided to speak up now, he said, “This is wrong… people claiming to be AAP workers come to my office… they shout and create a scene, demanding beds”.
Jain, who had recently claimed that there was no “VIP culture” in the hospitals run by the Delhi government, said transfers were a routine administrative decision.
“I have no comments to offer. But transfer postings are administrative decisions. They are not based on such issues,” he said.