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VIP Counter At AIIMS Closed After Strong Opposition from Doctors


VIP Counter At AIIMS Closed After Strong Opposition from Doctors

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS in Delhi has closed a counter set up exclusively to facilitate treatment for “VIPs” and the patients recommended by the Union Health Minister’s office. The move comes after Union Health Minister JP Nadda expressed displeasure over the initiative taken by the AIIMS administration, hospital sources said.

The Faculty Association of AIIMS on Wednesday had condemned the move alleging it was a “brazen attempt” on part of the administration to “promote VIP culture” in the institute’s premises.

“In supersession of a earlier office circular dated February 23, it has been decided to close down the counter opened in the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD to handle OPD registration of VIP references and the status quo ante shall be restored with immediate effect,” read an AIIMS circular accessed by Press Trust of India.

AIIMS had opened the exclusive counter to facilitate the registration for treatment of patients recommended by the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Union Health Minister and VIP references from Members of Parliament.

 The faculty members claimed the practice was prevalent even before and was being dealt by the Media and Protocol division, but not in such an open manner.
At present, AIIMS witnesses an overwhelming footfall of around 11,000 patients every day.




Source: PTI
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  1. Never go to any hospital as VIP no body would like to take responsibility & there will be sharing of responsibility too many cooks spoils the food will happen.

  2. If VIP counter is different, Normal patients can be handled as per normal schedule. The counter existence is there, or not there-VIPs are always given priority. Regular patients schedule disrupts due to daily VIP Reference patients. Sometimes Emergency patients (non-VIPS) suffer due VIP patients. Usually, doctors are blamed for the delay. Power works everywhere. I think this move was to reduce queuing time for patients.

  3. if VIP counter is different, Normal patients can be handled as per normal schedule. Counter is there or not-VIPs are always given priority. and normal patients schedule disrupts. and sometimes Emergency patients (non VIPS) suffer due VIP patients.and then doctors are blamed for delay. Power works everywhere. I think this move was to reduce queing time for patients.