NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal received backlash by the Delhi Medical Association over his threat to hospitals regarding admitting patients with COVID-19 and tests. It also condemned the move to get an FIR lodged against a COVID-facility called Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi.
In the press release by the association, they stated that 15,000 members along with all the branches of DMA strongly disapprove of such behaviour by the Delhi Government and the way CM warned the doctors and private hospitals.
As per the statement, the association said, "Doctors who are serving the people of Delhi tirelessly for the last two months in this pandemic crisis risking their lives feel insulted by the way they are being treated."
The statement also read, "Hospitals are the backbone of healthcare and are serving the patients, COVID or non-COVID. They are being penalized and the government instead of praising their efforts is issuing new dictates (''Farman'') daily. Sir Ganga Ram hospital and its doctors, who have saved lakhs of lives in the last decades, are being penalised and threatened. The FIR on Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is highly condemnable and demoralizing for the whole medical fraternity."
Demand has been made by the association for a co-ordination committee of the DMA professionals with the government of Delhi in order to look after all the health care facilities and proper management of the crisis created by the virus. A nodal officer has also been requested for every area or region which will facilitate the functioning of the COVID care on an overall basis.
The statement also said, ". "Every hospital and nursing home giving COVID care should have a dedicated testing Lab Facilities."
Regarding the severe patients suffering from COVID-19, the statement mentioned, "Smooth and timely transfer of severely sick patients to higher tertiary care Centre. It also demanded that in case of COVID death, a prompt and efficient system to transport and cremate the body as per guidelines should be made."