AIIMS to take over two government hospitals in Delhi

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will take over two hospitals, Indira Gandhi Hospital run by the Delhi government, and Charak Palika Hospital run by the New Delhi Municipal Council, as of the beginning of next month in an effort to address the issue of bed shortages at the top institution.

According to officials with knowledge of the situation, the goal of the move is to utilise the open beds in other government hospitals as efficiently as possible so that patients in need of treatment who are stable but in critical condition could be referred from AIIMS, which is suffering from a severe bed shortage, for care.

The hospital sees 866 emergency patients every day on average, according to internal AIIMS data. Yet, the daily admission rate to AIIMS is only 50 (5.7%).

“Gradually, other government hospitals and healthcare centres will be roped in and developed as ‘partner institutions’ of AIIMS to cater to the local population in different localities of Delhi. The aim is to develop super specialty hospitals in different localities of the Capital so that the burden on AIIMS can be reduced, and simultaneously, people across the city can access healthcare near their homes at par with what they would have got at AIIMS,” the official said.

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