End VIP culture in govt hospitals: CM to health dept
New Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed the health department to end the VIP culture in Delhi government’s hospitals and said all the citizens would get equal treatment.
The CM said there would be no private rooms for the VIPs in the government-run hospitals in Delhi. “I have directed the Health Dept to end VIP culture in govt hospitals. No more private rooms for VIPs. All citizens will get equal treatment, but it will be of the best quality (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
There are a few hospitals that have private rooms which can be booked at some charges.
Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta said Kejriwal woke up like “Rip Van Winkle” after four years and promised to do away with the VIP culture. Health minister Satyendar Jain on October 12, 2015 had said that the AAP government would do away with the culture in all the state-run hospitals and efforts were being made to give everyone, the poor and the rich, quality treatment. The government slept over the promise for almost four years, Gupta claimed.
Delhi government runs 38 hospitals across the state. A source said G B Pant hospital has over 100 private wards, while Lok Nayak and GTB hospitals have a few. “At Lok Nayak hospital, there are no charges for private rooms,” said a doctor, adding that until the facilities in the general wards were upgraded, the private wards shouldn’t be discontinued. “A private ward is only a single room with attached bathroom. If that is demolished or banned, middle-class people will not come to the government hospitals,” another doctor said.