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Patient count falls at eye hospital

Ongoing administrative problems have led to patient footfalls falling from 9,000 in June 2008 to 6,000 in June this year at Venu Eye Institute. Surgeries have dropped from 677 to 377 in the same period. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2009 01:43 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Ongoing administrative problems have led to patient footfalls falling from 9,000 in June 2008 to 6,000 in June this year at Venu Eye Institute (VEI).

The charitable hospital is spread over 5 acres in south Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai. Surgeries have dropped from 677 to 377 in the same period.

Doctors allege that Venu Charitable Society (VCS), which runs the hospital, has been taken over by people from Jain Studios Network.

“Of the seven VCS board members, four share the board of Jain Studios Network,” said Dr Manoj Kumar Gupta, eye surgeon at VEI.

Dr J.K. Jain, managing director of Jain Studios Board is the self-elected president of VCS, his wife Ragini is a joint secretary in the VCS board, Jain Studios director Dr Tanuja Joshi is a VCS secretary, and Jain auditor N.P. Bansal is treasurer in the VCS.

VEI employees said trouble started when a general body meeting was announced to elect a new VCS board this year after a gap of eight years.

Many members claimed they were not informed, while others said they were given very short notice. Retired IAS officer Vishnu Bhagwan was asked to be the election officer.

“When Meenakshi Arora, a member of the society and advocate in the Supreme Court objected, VCS secretary Joshi defended it by explaining the election officer would conduct elections free and fair,” said Gupta. “The meeting was illegally presided over by Dr Jain, who self-elected himself president of VCS.”

“There is no truth in these assertions. I have been a board member ever since the inception of VCS and so has Bansal,” Dr Jain said.

Hospital records show Dr Jain was a founding member, but not a governing body member, which gives him operational control over the hospital.

Dr Jain has denied charges the new management wants to sell the hospital. “The hospital is here to stay,” said Dr Jain.