AAP government on Tuesday issued marching orders to medical superintendents of 16 hospitals, nearly 50% of the total 34 hospitals run by it. This includes the heads of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Lal Bahadur Shastri hospitals in east Delhi, Deen Dayal Upadhyay in west Delhi, B R Ambedkar in northwest and Janakpuri super-specialty hospital, among others.
While in most cases the outgoing MS has been replaced with another senior doctor from the same hospital, sources said in at least two cases, officials at the Directorate of Health Services have been appointed to run the hospital with immediate effect.
The government order, which was issued late in the evening, does not mention the reasons behind the reshuffle. Delhi health minister Satyender Jain said that these were ‘routine changes’ aimed to improve the hospital management. “We wanted to give chance to new people,” Jain said.
According to the sources there were many complaints of the shunted officials. The health minister said unhygienic condition, overcrowding and the unavailability of essential medicines at the hospitals are some of the issues the government is focusing on, to begin with.
Most of the shunted officials were attending a meeting at the Delhi secretariat on Tuesday when they got to know about the transfer orders. The chief secretary had called them for a meeting on hospital improvement where they discussed infrastructure development and computerization of medical records, among other things.
This is the second major step taken by the health minister since formation of AAP-led government in the state. Before this, the health department has issued orders making it compulsory for doctors to prescribe medicines by their generic name instead of brands.
The state health minister said he is seeking suggestions on more steps that need to be taken to improve the city’s health infrastructure through his mail id — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officials said over 2,000 mails have been received and the suggestions include starting evening OPDs and super-specialty services like heart surgeries, transplants in the state-run hospitals.