New Delhi: Not only the patients but even the doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are suffering due to acute shortage of staff in this  reputed hospital of the country.No doctor has been appointed at AIIMS during the past one decade,and as many as 140 posts are still lying vacant. As a result, a single doctor has to examine over 400 patients per day.

Interestingly, sans a plastic surgery department there is only one surgeon who is posted in the trauma centre. Surgery patients visiting AIIMS are generally referred to other hospitals.

Doctors posted in Out Patient Department (OPD) have their own set of grievances. A major concern for them is the non-availability of security staff outside the OPD.

The hospital staff maintained that the experienced doctors have kept the image of the reputed hospital intact, whereas no effort is being made by the AIIMS administration to streamline the functioning.

Due to the poor management system, patients have to wait for long hours to get their OPD cards made. Often people are spotted forming a queue from 4 am outside the OPD centre. Each day, over 10,000 people are examined in the OPD.

AIIMS spokesperson Dr Y K Gupta said, “All patients cannot be examined in a single day. Therefore, we have no other option than to keep them in the waiting list.”

JPN/Bureau