Popularity And Condition Of Government Hospitals In DelhiBy
Delhi is one of the few cities in India with a well developed public health infrastructure. The government hospitals in Delhi, such as AIIMS are very popular, not just with the poor, but also with the middle class and the rich. AIIMS, located in Ansari Nagar, is considered to be the best hospital in India and the biggest, with an occupancy rate of 1,766 beds.
Indeed, Delhi is the only city in India, where it is not just the poor that visit government hospitals. Some of the most celebrated doctors in India work in government hospitals in Delhi. The cost of treatment in government hospitals is a fraction of that in private hospitals.
In this article, we discuss just why Delhi’s government hospitals are popular and also address some of the questions that people may have about seeking treatment there. Like hospitals in the rest of India, government hospitals in Delhi have their problems too, which we talk about at length here.
Why government hospitals in Delhi are popular amongst masses
There is one obvious reason why government hospitals are so popular in Delhi – the cost of treatment here is a fraction of what it is in private hospitals. Government hospitals charge only a nominal fee for even the most complex treatments. For poor, treatment is free. Government hospitals also offer monetary assistance to those in need, so that they can buy the expensive medicines needed for their treatment.
Delhi’s popular government hospitals are equipped to deal with medical emergencies or serious and critical conditions such as getting severely burnt in a fire, or getting badly injured in a road accident. Many private hospitals are run with the profit motive and they refuse to take in such serious and critical cases, often turning the patients away in their time of great need, especially if they are poor and from an underprivileged community.
Government hospitals are the only recourse left to the masses in such cases. Government hospitals never turn patients away, no matter how serious the condition. Government doctors specialize in treating medical emergencies and deal with such cases every day. Not a day goes by when a government doctor is at the operation table in the ICU trying hard to save a patient’s life. For them, practicing medicine is more of a noble calling and a social service, rather than a way to make money.
Present day condition of government hospitals in Delhi
Delhi has 39 government hospitals, but not all of them are run perfectly. Some government hospitals have testing machines that don’t work and offer incorrect readings. 9 hospitals have admitted to not having functional X-Ray machines, CT scan machines or ultrasound machines.
An RTI query by activist Rajhans Bansal has found that the only X-Ray machine used in Nehru Homeopathic Medical College is non-functional and has been so since 2010. Only one of the six ultrasound machines at Baba SahebAmbedkar Hospital in Rohini is functional. At the Janakpuri Super-Specialty Hospital, 9 of the 19 CCTVs do not work.
Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital is the biggest hospital in East Delhi. Here two of the eight X-Ray machines have not worked since 2011. Some of the essential surgical equipment such as sutures and surgical blades are not available either. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital serves 5,000 patients daily, but has only one functioning CT scan machine.
There’s no question that patients are suffering. In some government hospitals the medicines are out of stock, so patients are forced to buy them from private medical stores at a high cost. For many poor patients, this is simply unaffordable.
Many private hospitals have taken advantage of the lack of medicines, equipment and infrastructure in some government hospitals and set up thriving businesses outside and them. There are dozens of private testing facilities and medical stores outside every government hospital in Delhi.
This is not a happy situation, but there are some government hospitals in Delhi that do great work and have a decent infrastructure. They are trying their best despite several problems. The contribution of selfless government doctors cannot be forgotten.Delhi has copious number of Government Hospitals which provide better treatment to their patients at low or no cost.
Here’s a list of the best government hospitals in Delhi –
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi (AIIMS Delhi)
AIIMS was established in 1956 and functions under the Minsitry of Health and Family Welfare. People from all strata in the society visits AIIMS for various treatment. AIIMS as an Institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, research and patient-care. Medical students in India dream to get into AIIMS either for studies or become a doctor in the institute. The specialitycentres in AIIMS includes cardio-thoracic sciences centre, neurosciences centre, apex tramucentre, dental research centre etc.
Address: AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110029
Phone No: +91-11-26588500
Safdarjang Hospital and Medical CollegeSafdarjang hospital was established in 1942. It is considered to be one of the largest government hospitals in India with a capacity of 1,600 beds. X-ray, ultra-sound and CT scan facilities in the hospital is available for 24*7. Safdarjung hospital gives financial assistance to the poor patients for treatment under NIAF (National Illness Assistance Fund). The MBBS course in the college has an intake of 154 students annually.
Address: Ring Road, Opposite AIIMS Hospital, Safdarjung West, Safdarjung Campus, Ansari Nagar East, New Delhi – 110029
Phone No: +91-11-26165060
More Details :Safdarjang Hospital and Medical College
Guru Teg Bahadur HospitalThe hospital with 1500 beds is the largest government hospital in the Trans Yamuna area in East Delhi. The hospital is providing health care facilities to the needy population of East Delhi and adjoining areas of other states with an average daily OPD attendance of about 4000 patients. The hospital is equipped with 24 hrs emergency service in – common clinical disciplines, neurosurgery facilities for road side accident and burn care facilities.
Address: Dilshad Garden, New Delhi – 110095
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia HospitalEstablished in 1932, Lohia hospital has now 1216 beds. It is fully funded by the Government of India. A non-invasive Cardiac Lab and a Cardiac Cath Lab exists in Lohia hospital. The hospital never refuses emergency patients. Cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, neuro surgery facilities are available in the Hospital. Annually Lohia hospital provides services to about 18 lakhs patients as OPD cases, admits about 67000 patients in indoor and about 3 lakhs patients are attended in the emergency.
Address: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi – 110001
Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar HospitalIt is an esteemed 540 bedded multi-specialty hospital with super specialties like neurosurgery, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. It provides comprehensive medical care services to the residents of North and North West Delhi. The hospital is runs PG courses in surgery, ophthalmology, medicine, family medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynaecologists.
Address: Sector 6, Rohini, Near Rohini West Metro Station, New Delhi – 110085
Guru Govind Singh Govt. HospitalIt is a 100-bedded hospital aiming to provide health care facilities to the low socioeconomic group of people in the area. The broad services available in the hospital are – OPD, special clinics, geriatric clinics, round the clock emergency services and labour room and admission. All investigations for patients are free except Rs. 50 is charged for ultrasound. However the ultrasound is free for Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients, pregnant women and indoor patients.
Address: Raghubir Nagar, Tagore Garden Extension, New Delhi – 110027
More Details : Guru Govind Singh Govt. Hospital
Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and ResearchGovind Ballabh Pant Hospital was established in 1961 with an aim to be recognized as a tertiary care institution for treatment of various health problems. Today, it is well known hospital which offers treatment for various cardiac diseases and disorders. It has over 700 beds and multi special facilities like ultrasound, x-ray and CT scan. It also offers post-doctoral teaching to the aspiring candidates with a recognized degree from Medical council of India and University Grants Commission.
Address: No.1, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi – 110002
Deen Dayal Upadhyay HospitalDeen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital was established in 1970 with a humble beginning with over 50 beds which later extended with upto 500 beds in 1987. In its late 1970s, it was functioned for day time only but as the time passes it becomes fully functional in 1998. This hospital also provides pre-doctoral and paramedical teachings to aspiring medical students.
Address: Hari Nagar, Clock Tower, New Delhi, Delhi – 110064
Lal Bahadur Shastri HospitalLal Bahadur Shastri Hospital is a general care hospital with around 100 beds. It is well known to provide good medical facilities to common people at cheaper rates. It has a total number of seven registration counters for common people and an additional counter for staff and disabled patients. There is one more counter which serves 24×7 for indoor patients with facilities such as enquiry, surgery, directions etc. It is located in Mayur Vihar’s phase second. It provides free of cost diagnostic services such as X-Rays, ECG and UCG for patients. However, a minimal fee of Rs.50 is charged for Ultrasound.
Address: Near Kalyanvas Colony, Mayur Vihar, Phase -II, Khichripur – 110091
More details : Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital
Doctor Hedgewar Aarogya SansthanLocated in Karkardooma, Dr. Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan is a 200 bedded district level hospital with a basic aim to provide free healthcare services to common people. Specialities included in this hospital are paediatrics, Gynaecology, surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, ENT, dermatology, eye, medicinal, homeopathy and Ayurveda.
Address: Karkardooma, Delhi – 110032