Govt hospitals lack basic facilities: Congress

The Delhi Pradesh Congress backed doctors’ strike and asked the city government on Monday to address their demands immediately as the possibility of diseases caused by rainy season lurks with the onset of pre-monsoon showers in the city.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday criticised the Aam Aadmi Party government for splurging crores on print and television publicity for the self-glorification of its Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while 15,000 doctors working with the government hospitals are protesting against the lack of basic facilities in these hospitals.

DPCC spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said AAP, which started the dharna and agitation politics during its first stint of its 49-day governance in Delhi, is now getting a taste of its own medicine. “Various categories of employees like the sanitation workers of the MCD, DTC drivers, guest teachers, doctors in government hospitals have adopted agitational politics to press for their demands,” she said.

Mukherjee added that doctors have decided to take the agitational route to seek basic facilities like security, clean drinking water, life saving drugs and generic drugs in hospitals, more operation theatres and demanded their salaries on time.

“The crowded hospitals without basic facilities have been creating explosive situations with the number of cases of assaults on doctors increasing by the day.”

She said the doctors had met the state Health Minister on February 27 who had promised to fulfil their demands. “It was indeed disappointing that till June 23, no step has been taken to address the doctors’ demands despite the Health Minister’s assurance forcing the doctors to go on a dharna.”

She said the AAP government has not looked into these demands citing lack of funds. “Whereas the government has been spending crores of rupees on self-promotion advertisements despite the Supreme Court ruling that no party in power should display self-promotion ads carrying the photos of its leaders.”

She said each single insertion of ads on leading newspapers costs the Delhi government between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 50 lakh. The AAP government had already spent crores on hoardings and advertisements, she added.

An RTI query on the quantum of money spent on the self-promotion hoardings and advertisements by the AAP government got a bland reply that “we have not calculated it”, she added.

She said tax payers’ money was being wasted on self-glorification ads without putting out Kejriwal’s photo, to deliberately disobey the Supreme Court’s order.

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