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Ministries shouldn’t meddle with AIIMS, says Jaitley

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.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. (Photo: PIB)
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. (Photo: PIB)

“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.

(IANS)

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave away the Lifetime Achievement Award to former senior faculty members, at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. Union Health Minister J P Nadda is also seen. (Photo: PIB)
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave away the Lifetime Achievement Award to former senior faculty members, at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. Union Health Minister J P Nadda is also seen. (Photo: PIB)

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.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda gave away the certificates to students, at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. (Photo: PIB)
Union Health Minister J P Nadda gave away the certificates to students, at the 43rd Annual Convocation of AIIMS, in New Delhi on October 18, 2015. (Photo: PIB)

One Comment

  1. Harish Gupta Harish Gupta Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    The extent to which violence in our public hospitals may be attributed to shortage/ mismanagement of funds, remains to be determined. Health Minister, probably forgot to elucidate the issue.

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