Medical colleges in Delhi run by the Arvind Kehriwal government do not have a Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), according to Indian Express report. The department, comprising qualified specialists, is supposed to help people with disabilities, the report. A reply to an RTI has revealed the information. The RTI was filed by Dr Satendra Singh, a professor at the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS). The reply shows that there are no PMR departments at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, LNJP Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC).
A resolution adopted by the Central Council of Health Family Welfare, during a meeting in 1999, had discussed the role of the health sector in implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act. Following the meeting, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had directed every medical college to start a PMR department. The office of the Chief Commissioner for Disabilities had, in 2008, instructed the MCI that “doctors not trained in rehabilitation should restrict their treatment of children with disabilities to their medical illness/disease or else action be initiated against such practices”. Every aspiring doctor, pursuing MBBS, has to undergo a 15-day PMR training during internship. However, those who want to focus on it need to pursue a three-year specialised MD degree after their MBBS course ends. AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital as well as other hospitals under the Central government have PMR departments, according to report.
Notably, on August, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had a review meeting with the city’s health officials, a PTI report said.
On july 9, during the launch of a scheme at Talkatora Stadium CM Kejriwal said Delhi the AAP government is taking ‘revolutionary steps’ in the education and health sectors. Under the scheme, if patients do not get a date for surgery at a government hospital within one month, they can get themselves treated in private ones free of cost. The scheme is known as ‘Free Surgery Scheme’. Such cases will be taken care of at 48 NABH-accredited private hospitals in Delhi-NCR. These include Moolchand Hospital, Rockland Hospital and Batra Hospital in south Delhi. Lok Nayak Hospital, GTB, Ambedkar Hospital, GB Pant, DDU, Guru Nanak Eye Centre are among the 24 hospitals from where patients can be referred to private medical facilities, PTI reported.