Not all residents of Bihar are fortunate enough to access healthcare services when in need. But, the story can be different if someone is former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. A report says that when Lalu falls sick, he doesn’t have to visit the hospital. Instead, top doctors of the state move to his house. In an exclusive report by Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, it has been exposed that doctors of Patna’s premier government hospital IGIMS are deployed on duty at Lalu’s home when the RJD chief falls sick. Lalu enjoys this privilege because his son, Tej Pratap Yadav, is health minister of Bihar and also chairman of IGIMS.
According to the report, three doctors and two male nurses were sent on duty to Lalu’s 10 Cricular Road residence in Patna this month for eight days when the RJD chief was reportedly sick. The institute had also issued letters to the doctors, who were put on duty at Lalu’s residence from May 31 and called back on June 8. One of the doctors on duty at Lalu’s residence was Dr Naresh Kumar, HoD of general medicine department, another a general surgery specialist and the third was from the forensic medicine department.
Lalu lives at 10, Circular Road residence along with his family, including Tej Pratap. The doctors were deployed at Lalu’s residence even as there is no such official provision as per the government rules.
IGIMS chairman told Prabhat Khabar that doctors were put on duty at 10 Circular Road because Bihar health minister Tej Pratap is also the chairman of IGIMS. But this service cannot be provided to any common man.
IGIMS chairman PK Sinha also said that the doctors were sent on duty, not at Lalu’s residence but at the home of IGIMS chairman Tej Pratap. He further said that IGIMS is an autonomous body and it doesn’t follow Bihar government rules.
On Tuesday, Sinha told ANI, “Health minister is chairman of IGIMS. We have to send team, can’t say no.” While talking to the news agency, Sinha refused to reveal why the doctors were deployed at Lalu’s residence.
“Why should I disclose who were we treating, there was someone from his (Health minister) family,” he added.