The foundation stone for AIIMS Bhopal was laid in 2000, construction started in 2003 and the hospital began operations in 2013. However, the institute is yet to have a director, administrative officers and has had no financial advisers till date.
The cost of construction is said to have doubled from its 2009 estimate of `682 crore and till one year ago, the hospital had no drainage system, no functioning central air conditioning system and only two temporary water connections.
Basic infrastructure is still is far from perfect, with the hospital’s electrical supply, water supply and sewerage network under progress.
A residential complex for doctors, built at a cost of `23 crore, offers only 170 units for a much larger faculty and staff. The medical college, built at a cost of `130 crore, is only partly functional. Out of the 1,460 hostel rooms, only 240 are functional. The nursing college has zero functionality, with the auditorium and library also non-functional.
Despite offering the same salary structure as AIIMS Delhi, only about a quarter of the sanctioned faculty positions have been filled in Bhopal. Only 56 doctors, 42 nursing staff and four super-specialty doctors work here and major departments like paediatrics, radiology, nephrology, endocrinology, neurosurgery, burns and plastic surgery and dermatology are still non-functional.
Several senior faculty members have quit the institute due to the non-utilisation of their services. The magnetic resource imaging (MRI) and CT scan facilities were inaugurated on Saturday by union health minister JP Nadda, but there are no permanent doctors to run these critical diagnostic facilities.
The situation of the nursing and technical staff is even more alarming, with contract labourers and outsourcing nursing to external agencies used as alternatives.
The institute has a gynaecology department, but no deliveries take place here —students are forced to go to Sultania hospital and Indira Gandhi hospital for practical experience.