End VIP culture in govt hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed the health department to put an end to the 'VIP culture' and ensure citizens get 'equal' and 'best quality' treatment in the in state-run hospitals. The CM asserted that there would be no private rooms for VIPs in these hospitals.

"I have directed the Health department to end VIP culture in government hospitals," Kejriwal wrote on Twitter while sharing a report about his government's plan to increase the capacity by 120 % by 2023.

Of the 38 hospitals in the state capital run by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government, there are a few which have private rooms that can be booked at a premium. "No more private rooms for VIPs. All citizens will get equal treatment, but it will be of the best quality," the CM said.

The report, on the status of Delhi government's programme for expansion of public health infrastructure in the national capital, that Kejriwal quoted in his tweet said in addition to the existing capacity of 11,353 beds in the government hospitals, as many as 13,899 beds were being added to augment the services. Three hospitals, with a capacity of approximately 2,800 beds are set to open in the next six months, it said.

A government statement said that the CM had asked for the details of the scope and nature of the health department's plan to build new hospitals, expand existing hospitals and add specialised treatment services in existing hospitals.

"The expansion of public health infrastructure in Delhi is unprecedented. It is the largest programne for improving access to healthcare anywhere in the world. But this is not just about the number of beds, but also about the quality of facilities provided," Kejriwal was quoted in the statement.

By 2023, the government expects all projects to be complete and all new hospitals ready for operations.

In July Kejriwal had warned private hospitals of the Capital of strict action if they were found guilty of any accident and burn injury victims for treatment. The Delhi government had on February 1 in 2018 launched the cashless treatment of medico-legal victims of road accidents, acid attacks and thermal burn injuries, to save the lives of such victims irrespective of their economic status.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/end-vip-culture-in-govt-hospitals-arvind-kejriwal-1598175-2019-09-12
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