End VIP cul­ture in govt hospi­tals: CM to health dept

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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.

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