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State of healthcare in UP: Is there no cure for ‘VIP culture’ in hospitals?

Cure needed--Hospitals in Lucknow often find themselves in difficult situations when influential patients come with their supporters seeking ‘VIP treatment’, which hampers treatment of others.

lucknow Updated: Jan 15, 2018 14:44 IST
Gaurav Saigal
The doctors admit ‘VIP disturbance’, but there’s little they can do!
The doctors admit ‘VIP disturbance’, but there’s little they can do!(Representative image)

‘VIP treatment’ to influential or wealthy patients helps them skip the queues at hospitals, but this deprives others of timely treatment.

Hospitals across the state capital often find themselves in difficult situations when influential patients come with their supporters and create scenes seeking ‘VIP treatment’, which hampers crucial treatment of other patients. The doctors admit ‘VIP disturbance’, but there’s little they can do!

RISK OF INFECTION
  • As soon as a VIP patient enters a hospital, a team of senior administrative officers, doctors and para-medical staff is pressed into service.
  • There might be shortage of staff, but the entire hospital is under pressure to cater to such VIP patients in the best possible way.
  • “Apart from the security being compromised, the supporters bring with them infection that might affect patients in the ICU, including the VIP admitted there,” said Dr PK Gupta, spokesperson of Indian Medical Association, Lucknow branch.

“Unnecessary interference not only affects treatment of other patients, but also the VIP patient as our attention too is diverted,” said Prof Vinod Jain, senior faculty of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and former co-faculty in-charge of the trauma centre.

Sample this. Recently, over 200 supporters gathered at the PGI emergency to get their leader admitted. Due to this, over 40 other patients in the emergency block had to wait for treatment and were asked to follow protocol.

The system at KGMU’s OPD and trauma centre often goes haywire due to VIPs. “You can see VIP syndrome all over the city. Traffic movement too gets affected when VIPs move,” said Prof Sandip Tiwari, faculty in-charge of trauma centre.

Sometimes attendants even occupy rooms
  • Hospitals across the globe have a system of medical bulletin, wherein doctors give updates on the condition of VIP patients.
  • This system reduces crowding of people who are anxious to know about the well being of the patient.
  • But in many hospitals of UP, there is no such system. As a result, there’s crowding and attendants of VIP patients even occupy rooms adjacent the ICUs illegally.

WHAT HAPPENS?

As soon as a VIP patient enters a hospital, a team of senior administrative officers, doctors and para-medical staff is pressed into service. There might be shortage of staff, but the entire hospital is under pressure to cater to such VIP patients in the best possible way.

“Apart from the security being compromised, the supporters bring with them infection that might affect patients in the ICU, including the VIP admitted there,” said Dr PK Gupta, spokesperson of Indian Medical Association, Lucknow branch.

He said hospital acquired infection is a major worry for doctors, but patients and their relatives do not understand this.

WHO CAN STOP SUPPORTERS?

It is the family that needs to take a call, said doctors. “If a family wants proper treatment for their kin and all others admitted to the hospital, they have to ensure their relatives do not create trouble on the campus,” said Dr Jain.

Hospitals across the globe have a system of medical bulletin, wherein doctors give updates on the condition of VIP patients. This system reduces crowding of people who are anxious to know about the well being of the patient. But in many hospitals of Uttar Pradesh, there is no such system. As a result, there’s crowding and attendants of VIP patients even occupy rooms adjacent the ICUs illegally.