Published On: Tue, May 24th, 2016

Senior doctors of Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital allegedly involved in cash-for-jobs scam

New Delhi: Senior doctors of Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital were allegedly involved in corrupt activities relating to appointment in the hospital.

“The health department is aware of the matter and the hospital administration is looking into it,” said Delhi Health Secretary Dr Tarun Seem.

“The health department is aware of the matter and the hospital administration is looking into it,” said Delhi Health Secretary Dr Tarun Seem.

According to The Mail Today, young doctors in the hospital have accused their seniors of selling vacant posts at the Delhi government-run institute, in the latest reminder of the rampant corruption in India’s healthcare system.

A letter sent to the hospital’s medical superintendent on May 18 complains about a cash-for-jobs scam, with junior doctors alleging that no vacancies have been advertised in the past six months.

“The first interview was conducted in November 2015. After that, the interviews have been re-conducted around five times. We were never informed about the number of vacancies,” said a doctor from the hospital who did not wish to be named.

“We have received a large number of complaints from various doctors who have informed about the monetary involvement during the interviews. We have asked the administration to take immediate action in the matter,” said Dr Sumit Paria, president of the association.

A modus operandi has been identified by the doctors. According to paramedics, a panel of three interviews the resident doctors and rates them on various parameters.

Past record

“We are asked to pay around Rs 70,000-80,000 if we want to get the job. The price is even higher if we want a specific department. The choice of a particular department will cost an additional Rs 20,000-30,000,” said a doctor who purportedly went through the process.

The institute was in the news two years ago when some of the staff posted in the labour room and private wards were purportedly caught on CCTV taking money from patients’ relatives.

The 640-bed hospital located in west Delhi provides specialised services to people and imparts training to postgraduate and undergraduate medical students as well as paramedics.

“The health department is aware of the matter and the hospital administration is looking into it,” said Dr Tarun Seem, secretary, department of health and family welfare, who also heads the Delhi government’s directorate general of health services.

After receiving the complaint, the hospital administration has swung into action.

“A committee has been formed to look into the matter. But we have not got any substantial information or proof in the case. No one has come forward to accept that they bribed the doctors to secure a seat,” said Dr Savita Babbar, the hospital’s medical superintendent.

“Going forward, we will ensure that the interview process is done with utmost transparency.”

Even for getting a joining certificate, completion certificate, experience certificate, or an NOC, doctors are allegedly asked to pay what is known as “one-month sewa”.

Doctors’ allegations

“From lower-division clerks to higher authorities, all are involved in this corruption. The administration has been ignoring the matter for a while but it’s high time now and some action should be taken,” a senior doctor told Mail Today.

“Going forward, we will ensure that the interview process is done with utmost transparency,” said Dr Savita Babbar, the hospital’s medical superintendent.

“Going forward, we will ensure that the interview process is done with utmost transparency,” said Dr Savita Babbar, the hospital’s medical superintendent.

Doctors also alleged that during interviews, the marks accorded are written in pencil and the final signature is done by pen.

“This leaves scope for manipulation as the marks given in pencil can be changed any time,” added the doctor.

The hospital administration has a different tale to tell. According to officials, more than 10 junior resident doctors were found to be involved in illegal activities, such as running private practises alongside their government jobs. The institute sacked some of these doctors.

“This letter may be a repercussion of the action we took against them,” said Dr Babbar.

Inputs with Mail Today

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