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Thefts at AIIMS hostel; docs demand CCTV cameras

Thefts are commonplace in AIIMS doctors’ hostels and out-patient department. But, no CCTV cameras have been installed yet by the administration.

health Updated: Apr 29, 2017 15:24 IST
Resident doctors at AIIMS are complaining of frequent thefts within the hospital premises
Resident doctors at AIIMS are complaining of frequent thefts within the hospital premises(HT file photo)

New Delhi: Another theft at the doctors’ hostel in India’s premiere All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has prompted the resident doctors to ask the administration to install CCTV cameras for safety and security purposes.

The theft happened in the trauma centre hostel during the day on Saturday, when a senior resident had left his room for two hours. He came back to find that jewellery was missing from his room. He enquired with the guards on duty, who were clueless. There is no CCTV footage also to go by, say the resident doctors.

“Even small shop owners install CCTV cameras, but such a big hospital like AIIMS does not have a single camera. Thefts are common-place here. There is a theft every two or three days from the hostel. And, even in the OPDs cell-phone theft is very common. And, it’s not just the doctors, even the patients in the waiting area are affected,” said Dr Vijay Gurjar, president of the residents’ doctors association at AIIMS.

The doctors have been asking the administration to install the cameras for the last 13 years. “Even after multiple complaints and thefts, no CCTV cameras have been installed in the OPD, wards, ICU, hostel or entry and exit gates,” said Dr Gurjar.

The doctors also brought up the issue of assault by families of patients. “Doctors often face assault in the hospital, but there is no evidence of the sequence of events when we file a complaint for lack of any CCTV cameras that could have captured the incident,” said Dr Gurjar.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 15:24 IST