At Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar patients feels alienated by the kind of disparity that is being done between them and a VIP in terms of treatment and behaviour.
Patients allege that when VIPs are admitted in the hospital whole of the staff is put on alert to provide them top facilities.
As the VIP’s get special treatment commoners rue about the ways they are being treated with. “As soon as a VIP is admitted everyone gets on his toes to get all this examinations done as quickly as possible,” says an attendant.
In the medical world there is a proper terminology for this behaviour – known as VIP Syndrome – which commences as soon as any important person or a celebrity is admitted into a hospital.
“We are driven by this syndrome. We want to give best to VIP’s but have nothing to offer to poor patients,” says a doctor, wishing anonymity.
As the VIP’s get all the care and free facilities a common person takes a back seat and watches what is in store for him, a patient says. The patients at this hospital say that while VIPs get all the things free – they aren’t spared of a penny. “For a poor everything comes with a cost, says Mohi- u-deen,” a patient.
For another attendant this is injustice to the poor. “Those who can afford everything get things free of cost while a needy and poor has to manage everything on his own,” says Ashfaq, an attendant.
Talking further on this issue he says: “As far the question of getting a VIP room is concerned we understand that he is someone who at least can get this privilege but providing everything free is beyond my comprehension, nor should be done as per to the hospital rules.”
Normally for a blood test one has to pay Rs 150 and for USG and CT Scan Rs 100 and Rs 1100 respectively – and everyone has to pay this price.
Fuming at this behaviour of authorities patients say that at a hospital everyone is equal and more importantly for doctors — every patient is and should be equal.
“A doctor shouldn’t take side while s/he is treating his/her patients but here the scene is quite opposite,” says Imtiyaz Ali, a patient.