Mr. S.C.L. Das
Principal Secretary (Health)
Government of NCT of Delhi
I.P. Estate, New Delhi-2
Subject: Inordinate delay in operation of patient Ms. Birjesh in Lok Nayak Hospital
Dear Mr. Das
Ms. Birjesh, W/o Mr. Kumar Pal, aged 36 years r/o B-85, Joshi Colony, I.P. Extension, Delhi-92, (OPD Regn. No.OBB244201, M: 9958223824) is a patient of Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi-2. She has been diagnosed of reducible incisional hernia and omentocele on 24.02.2014 and has been advised mesh-hernioplasty. However, ever since, she has been assigned date after date on the pretext of unavailability of the Operation-theatre and has not yet been operated upon despite the passage of more than 3 months. Now the next date given to her is 05.08.2014.
She was first assigned the date of 07.03.2014, followed by 17.04.2014/18.04.2014, thereafter of 23.05.2014 and now she has been assigned the date of 05.08.2014, which is straight-away three months ahead. It is submitted that the patient is under continuous pain and discomfort due to her medical condition and delay in treatment. (Copy of OPD-card enclosed)
It is submitted that logically, once a patient has been assigned a date and the OT is found unavailable on that date, he/she should be kept on the priority-list and should be accommodated on the next date or at the earliest possible date. It is submitted that the practice of blind post-postponement to another date, that too while there is no certainty of availability of the OT even on the next date is bound to lead to inordinate and infinite delays and is not in the interest of the patients. In other words, it is tantamount to denial of treatment.
You are therefore requested to intervene in this matter so that the patient gets treatment on urgent basis by Lok Nayak Hospital.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
Advisor, Social Jurist
Member, EWS-monitoring Committee