New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said ministries should refrain from getting over-involved in the internal matters of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here as it hampers the institution’s growth.
“For its better functioning, the ministries should abstain from getting over-involved in its internal matters. The government needs to support hospitals and should not get into the micro management of the institutions,” he said at the 43rd convocation of AIIMS.
A total of 552 students who completed various courses at India’s premiere health institute, including Masters in medicine and surgery, received their degrees. Health Minister J P Nadda was also present at the event.
Jaitley said the progress of any health institute should be left to its professionals.
“Institutes like AIIMS have got their own challenges, including providing talented doctors to other hospitals of the country among several other… In such situations, every one should support the institution,” he said.
Jaitley, who also awarded senior doctors with life-time achievement awards, said the government was planning to expand AIIMS but availability of land issues were the major hurdles.
The minister suggested review of policies to create more hospitals — both private and public — in the country.
Jaitley also stated that there is a need to look into the policy on organ donation to learn from the best practises across the world, in the Indian context, and without commercialising it.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Minister J P Nadda reminded those present to rededicate themselves to the cause of healthcare and healing of the sick and the needy.
The health minister, eluding to the instances of cases against doctors in consumer courts and the growing complaints against rude behaviour by doctors in public hospitals, urged doctors to remember the Hippocratic oath and to show compassion and kindness while treating their patients.