Doctors question shift to Singapore hospital
While India has grown in the last decade as a hub for patients from foreign countries pouring into the country to seek specialised care, doctors are questioning the government’s decision to shift the deceased Delhi gang rape victim to Singapore- based Mount Elizabeth Hospital at a stage when she was hanging on to the last few moments of her life.
Experts feel super specialty hos- pitals in Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi are amongst the best tertiary care centres in Asia and are capable of handling the most complex cases. Twenty per cent of patients at Mumbai- based Jaslok Hospital at Peddar Road are foreigners. “We treat close to 3500 patients annually out of which a chunky 20 % come from abroad to seek treatment here,” said Dr RR Pulgaonkar, CEO at Jaslok Hospital. “In the light of these figures and the expertise we have, I don’t see how premier institutes like All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi could not have handled a complex case as this.”
Close to 700 foreign patients throng Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri annually to seek treatment for a range of ailments. “These patients especially come from Europe, UAE, Africa amongst other countries as treatment is at par with any other hospital in the world,” said Vijay Channa, Vice President ( Marketing), Seven Hills Hospital. Indian doctors are far ahead in terms of medical expertise and experience as compared to Singapore in providing treatment, says Dr Kaushal Pandey, cardiac surgeon, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri. “When India has the best facilities available, it was a sad reflection on the part of the government to ferry her to Singapore. Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital were giving it all they could to salvage her deteriorating condition.” he said.