Court Slams AIIMS for Patient Neglect
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1 April 2009
The Delhi High Court has also asked the hospital administration to ensure that patents do not suffer due to ego clashes between doctors
Coming heavily on the country‘s premiere healthcare institute, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Delhi High Court has asked the hospital administration to ensure that patents do not suffer due to their “internal fighting”.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah expressed concern over patients not being treated properly due to ego clashes among different groups of doctors in the institute, reports IANS.
The court‘s observation came after it took cognisance of a letter from a mother of a month-old child, accusing AIIMS doctors of callousness in treating her child.
In the letter, Rekha told the court that her baby was suffering from heart ailment and was admitted to the AIIMS under the supervision of A K Bisoi, a cardio-thoracic surgeon.
However, the baby was neglected after Bisoi was suspended by the Health Minister on March 9, she alleged.
“We are interested in saving the child. Tell us how you are going to do it. We are not concerned about internal disputes in the hospital,” the court said, adding that patients in the hospital were suffering because of internal fighting.
“Nobody should be victimised because of ego clashes,” it said while directing the hospital to file an affidavit and listed the matter on Wednesday.