In a development that highlights the ever rising patient list in government hospitals, a patient suffering from brain tumor that requires immediate surgery, has been asked to come for surgery on February 20, 2020 by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The 65-year old patient Ramarati Devi comes from a poor family and cannot afford the cost of treatment at private hospitals. Lamenting his situation, the patient’s farmer son Gulab Thakur said, “Doctors at AIIMS have said a surgery is needed but given a date of February 20, 2020 citing unavailability of beds. It will be too late… my mother will die. I am a poor man. I do not have money for a surgery at a private hospital.”
Thakur has been regularly visiting the hospital in an effort to get an early date for her ailing mother. He also said that his mother has been experiencing severe headaches, frequent memory loss and weakness and with each passing day, her pain is becoming more unbearable. However, hospital authorities defended their action saying that huge patient load does not allow them to provide speedy treatment. “The rush of patients is more than what our doctors can handle. We usually give dates on the basis of severity and seriousness of condition. Sometimes, the waiting list is long. A surgery is accorded priority if something is very urgent,” says Dr. B S Sharma, HOD of the neurosurgery department, AIIMS.