New Delhi: Exposing the grim reality of difference in treatment being delivered to private ward patients and general ones, the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) denied a brain tumour patient immediate surgery when it set the date of surgery for August 19, 2018, two years from 2016.
Meera Devi is a 45-year-old woman who discovered last month after she fell in her bathroom that a 5.5cm tumour was growing in her brain. After checking at a hospital, doctors recommended that a brain surgery be performed immediately.
Meera's husband, after learning that AIIMS had set the surgery date for 2018, expressed his consternation and said, "She would die waiting for the life-saving surgery." In order for them to bear expenses, Meera's children have also left school to earn for the house.
Determined to save herself from this financial discrimination, Meera has moved High Court seeking a fair judgement for her plight.
One advocate, Ashok Agarwal, said that Meera had been first told by AIIMS to deposit a sum of Rs 26,000 thereupon which she was given the date of August 19, 2018 as her date of surgery. When Meera approached the OLD on August 1 and entreated the doctors to pre-pone her surgery, they asked her to treat herself in the private ward where she will have to pay Rs 1.25 lakh and get her surgery done in December.
"This shows how AIIMS is discriminating between its patients and how those in private wards are getting speedy treatment while the poor patients are made to wait for years together. Even the date for MRI was given after a month despite doctors advising her to get the scan done immediately," said Agarwal.
Meera was initially taken to the Safdarjung Hospital when she suffered the fall. She was then taken to AIIMS when her condition worsened.
As AIIMS mull over the idea of operating on its 'emergency' patient two years late, Meera's condition is growing worse by the second where she can't eat, walk, or sleep like a normal person.