AAP Government unveils slew of Healthcare Reforms

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    Aam Aadmi Party healthcare reforms continue: Delhi to get 100 new ambulances


    Aam Aadmi PartyAam Aadmi Party’s and Delhi government’s health minister Satyendra Jain said that the city’s ambulance network is all set to get a boost with the government ordering 100 new patient transport vehicles equipped with ICU facilities. Jain said the tenders have been issued for the purchase of these ambulances. ‘Within six months, we will provide the facility of ‘door-to-hospital’ which will benefit patients. Till now, ambulance facilities were only available for cases of accident, rape or assault, acid attack and pregnancy,’ he said.

    Currently, the Delhi government has 150 ambulances but only 26 of them are equipped with ICUs. The government also plants to start 11 dispensaries in the city. ‘We have been getting a lot of complaints about patients being forced by certain private hospitals and nursing homes to buy medicines from their in-house pharmacy. A detailed advisory has been issued to them prohibiting this. It also directs them to prominently display the charges levied by them on healthcare services,’ the minister said. Jain also reiterated that all hospitals – government or private – will have to provide immediate medical to victims of crimes, road accidents, acid attacks and sexual assaults without any delay. ‘If the hospital where the victim is taken does not have the advanced facilities to deal with the condition, then they should refer him to another hospital after giving first aid,’ the advisory said, adding that every hospital has to treat these patients free of cost. (Hospitals can’t deny treatment in serious cases: Satyendra Jain)

    He said the government has received several complaints of hospitals refusing and delaying medical care to victims of crimes or road accidents. The government will also procure 150 ambulances to ferry victims of rape or acid attacks to hospitals and then to their residences, along with accompanying family members.

    Earlier the government transferred 16 of the 34 of Delhi hospitals. These included heads of hospitals like include Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, Aruna Asaf Ali Govt Hospital, Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, Madan Mohan Malaviya Hospital, Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital and Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.

    Health Minister Satyendra Jain had earlier said ‘the decision is majorly to revamp the entire healthcare sector of the city. ‘Many of the medical superintendents were holding the same post over the past many years, which had led to corruption and laxity of work. Thus, it was necessary to shift them and give them new work.’ Jain also said the initiative is driven by the feedbacks received from the patients for the last one month. Read more…

    This is the AAP government’s third major healthcare-related missive. Earlier, they had issued orders that made it compulsory for docs to prescribe generic drugs and hospitals to provide treatment to people in serious cases. And also if you do have any suggestions for the AAP health minister you can send a mail to [email protected]!

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    Delhi govt gives marching orders to 16 hospital heads


    NEW DELHI: In a mammoth shakeup, the AAP government on Tuesday issued marching orders to medical superintendents of 16 hospitals, nearly 50% of the total 34 hospitals run by it. This includes the heads of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Lal Bahadur Shastri hospitals in east Delhi, Deen Dayal Upadhyay in west Delhi, B R Ambedkar in northwest and Janakpuri super-specialty hospital, among others.

    While in most cases the outgoing MS has been replaced with another senior doctor from the same hospital, sources said in at least two cases, officials at the Directorate of Health Services have been appointed to run the hospital "with immediate effect":.

    The government order, which was issued late in the evening, does not mention the reasons behind the reshuffle. Delhi health minister Satyender Jain told TOI that these were 'routine changes' aimed to improve the hospital management. "We wanted to give chance to new people," Jain said.

    Sources told TOI that there were complaints many of the shunted officials. The health minister said unhygienic condition, overcrowding and the unavailability of essential medicines at the hospitals are some of the issues the government is focusing on, to begin with. He, however, refused to comment on corruption charges against some of the medical superintendents and whether that led to their ouster.

    "Even if there is a complaint or charge against any of the officials, the government should prove it before acting against them. They can order time-bound inquiry if they so want," said the medical superintendent of one of the state-run hospitals who did not want to be quoted.

    Most of the shunted officials were attending a meeting at the Delhi secretariat on Tuesday when they got to know about the transfer orders. "The chief secretary had called us for a meeting on hospital improvement where we discussed infrastructure development and computerization of medical records, among other things," said one of them.

    This is the second major step taken by the health minister since formation of AAP-led government in the state. Before this, the health department has issued orders making it compulsory for doctors to prescribe medicines by their generic name instead of brands.

    The state health minister said he is seeking suggestions on more steps that need to be taken to improve the city's health infrastructure through his mail id — [email protected].

    Officials said over 2,000 mails have been received and the suggestions include starting evening OPDs and super-specialty services like heart surgeries, transplants in the state-run hospitals.

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    Delhi govt to purchase 100 new ambulances with ICUs


    NEW DELHI: City's ambulance network is all set to get a boost with the government ordering 100 new patient transport vehicles equipped with ICU facilities. Health minister Satyendra Jain said tenders have been issued for the purchase of these ambulances.

    "Within six months, we will provide the facility of 'door-to-hospital' which will benefit patients. Till now, ambulance facilities were only available for cases of accident, rape or assault, acid attack and pregnancy," he said.

    As of now, Delhi government has 150 ambulances under Centralized Accidents and Trauma Services (CATS). Out of these, 26 are equipped with ICU facilities.

    On Wednesday, the government also announced the start of its new project in which evening OPDs will be run at 11 dispensaries in the city.

    "We have been getting a lot of complaints about patients being forced by certain private hospitals and nursing homes to buy medicines from their in-house pharmacy. A detailed advisory has been issued to them prohibiting this. It also directs them to prominently display the charges levied by them on healthcare services," the minister said.

    Reiterating its earlier direction, the city government has written to all government and private hospitals to provide immediate medical care to victims of crimes, road accidents, acid attacks and sexual assaults 'without any delay'.

    "If the hospital where the victim is taken does not have the advanced facilities to deal with the condition, then they should refer him to another hospital after giving first aid," the advisory said, adding that every hospital has to treat these patients free of cost.

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    Hopes on AAP govt to clean up corruption in healthcare


    Relatives of those who have lost their loved ones due to medical negligence hope the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi will focus more on healthcare, especially the malpractice and corruption linked to the noble profession which affects tens and thousands of lives.

    "I think AAP will be the one who will be able to clear the corruption within the healthcare system which is endemic," Poroma Rebello, who lost her father in 2010 due to alleged negligence of a renowned hospital in Delhi, said.

    Rebello's father was admitted to a private hospital with minor food poisoning. She alleged that her 84-year-old father was not given antibiotics even till the sixth day and instead was referred to a different hospital.

    She has filed a complaint against the hospital in the Medical Council of India (MCI), a statutory body which establishes and maintains standards of medical education and registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

    Rebello was among the dozens who held a candlelight march at Jantar Mantar Wednesday to attract the attention of the Delhi government towards their cause.

    Under the banner of People for Better Treatment (PBT), the NGO members also met Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, who promised help.

    "We are hoping the new government will be able to do something in this neglected area," she added.

    Meenakshi Jain, whose father died almost three years ago, is fighting a twin battle -- with the Delhi Medical Council and the Delhi Police. She accuses them of fabricating reports.

    "As per the rules of the state medical council, the complainant is required to be given complete medical record within 72 hours, but we were denied it. We are still fighting to get the record," Jain, an advocate, said.

    "There is such a deep-rooted nexus between the police and the councils," she said. "If AAP wants to cleanse the system, it has to start from here."

    Subhra Verma, daughter of late Justice J.S. Verma, said she is also a victim of medical negligence.

    "The battle is really difficult for the common man. We are also facing difficulties despite the fact that we have the means," Verma told IANS.

    "If the new government really wants to work for 'aam aadmi', it is the healthcare industry that it has to start from," said Verma, a creative consultant with an event management company.

    She said her father was a heart patient and the doctors without checking gave a blood thinning medicine, which is not supposed to be given to a heart patient, and which eventually led to his death.

    Apart from blaming the police, and the state medical council, she alleged that the pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic centres and the hospitals are also hand-in-glove.

    "AAP needs to bring major changes (in healthcare). I request them to start with the revamping of the Delhi Medical Council," she said.

    Pankaj Arora, who lost his 10-year-old son Yash in 2011, said the government should first make the entire procedure of filing the medical negligence case against either a doctor or a hospital more transparent.

    "My son underwent two liver transplants within a period of three months and instead of keeping him in isolation as was required, he was kept with people who had other infections," a teary-eyed Arora told IANS.

    "I think government should make the entire procedure transparent so that fear could be instilled against these corporate-type hospitals. They would think again about playing with our and our dear ones lives," he added.

    Kunal Saha, who formed the NGO PBT in 2001, said his group has been raising awareness among the people and guiding them to fight for justice.

    Saha who fought for his wife's case for almost 16 years was able to get justice last year when the Supreme Court announced a compensation of Rs.5.96 crore, which with interest crosses Rs.11 crore - the highest in medical negligence case in India.

    "I met with the new health minister (of Delhi) and put forward the malaises within the healthcare.

    "Once the government steps in, they could put pressure and could start cancelling licenses of the doctors," adds Saha.



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