Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that due to corruption and mismanagement in Government hospitals, patients are put to terrible suffering, as they neither get proper treatment or food, nor proper care, and as a consequence, many avoidable deaths happen in such hospitals.

Quoting the example of one of the biggest Government hospitals in Delhi, the G.B. Pant Hospital, Ch. Anil Kumar said that the medical staff of the hospital, including nurses, held a protest on Tuesday, alleging corruption and irregularities by administration staff. He said that if this was the condition at a premier hospital, it can be surmised the level of corruption in other Government hospitals.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind, who extols  the “Delhi Model of Health Care”  everywhere, hides the fact that due to the shortage of surgeons and senior doctors in Delhi Government hospitals, these hospitals witness ‘death dances’ as a matter of routine, as patients die without getting proper treatment and attention. He said that during Arvind’s tenure as Chief Minister,   8638 deaths took place in just one hospital, up to 30th November, 2021.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was shocking to learn that nearly 101 patients died after the installation of stent and angiography by unqualified doctors at a Super Specialty Hospital at Dilshad Garden, Tahirpur. He said that when this question was raised in the Delhi Assembly, Health Minister Satyender Jain gave a vague reply regarding the constitution of a probe panel.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that vital equipments in Government hospitals are lying inoperative due to various faults, but the concerned authorities have neither bothered to repair them, nor replace them with new ones. As a result, innocent patients become victims to the negligence of the authorities.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi’s “Rozgar Budget” has promised 20 lakh jobs in five years, without fulfilling CM Arvind’s earlier promise of providing 8 lakh jobs in five years, as he has  not filled the thousands of vacancies in the various departments of the Delhi Government. He said that it was  ironic that  out of the total 820 posts in the Delhi State Cancer Institute, 439 are lying vacant.