AIIMS recently released a circular saying that it has decided to open an 'additional' counter to cater exclusively to patients recommended by the OSD to President, AIIMS and VIP references from MPs.
The circular has made AIIMS come across as a hospital promoting VIP culture.
To which, official sources at AIIMS have said:
"The circular is in public domain. We are not promoting VIP culture but we are trying to streamline the reference cases. In our circular we have clearly mentioned that we are not closing the general OPD for patients but streamlining the media-protocol division which had less man-power earlier.
Also, AIIMS has found a few cases of fake references and a few touts who charged people and provided them fake references.
So for making the whole system transparent, the slip for OPD cases needs to be signed by the respective authorities at AIIMS. Also OSD to president, AIIMS wrote us for recommended patients to get OPD registration in media and protocol division.
On the other side Media and protocol division requested AIIMS to shift (Protocol) OPD registration from their end.
From the new special counter, patients who come to AIIMS from different states with the reference of the member of the parliament will be able to reach the counter directly.
As we know, thousands of reference cases come everyday. We will categorise the cases on the basis of emergency and seriousness."