AIIMS issues SOPs for treating sitting Members of Parliament

Source: The post is based on the article “AIIMS issues SOPs for treating sitting Members of Parliament” published in The Hindu on 21st October 2022.

What is the News?

AIIMS, New Delhi has issued a standard operating procedure (SOPs) for streamlining the medical care arrangements for sitting Members of Parliament.

What is the SOP issued by AIIMS for treating sitting members of Parliament?

The SOP is aimed at streamlining treatment arrangements for sitting Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the out-patient department, emergency consultation and in-patient hospitalization.

Key Provisions of SOP: Duty Officers will be available in the control room round the clock for OPD and emergency consultation and inpatient hospitalization of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs.

– Special phone and landline numbers which will be made available for the MPs to contact officials and doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Science.

– In case an MP requires OPD consultation from a speciality or super-speciality department, the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha Secretariat or personal staff of the lawmaker will contact the Duty Officer and provide the details about the ailment and doctor to be consulted.

– For in-patient hospitalization of an MP, the treating faculty will send a brief note to the Medical Superintendent on the ailment, the proposed line of management, and the expected duration of stay.

What are the objections raised against this?

The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the new set of standard operating procedures (SOP).

It has stated that these new rules go against the culture of AIIMS and promote “VIP culture”.

It also adversely affects the morale of doctors and added that inequality in terms of healthcare was unacceptable.

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