Ram Temple Consecration : U-turn on Half-Day Closure Amidst Backlash
Ram Temple Consecration : In a significant turn of events, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has reversed its decision to close non-critical services until 2.30 pm for the grand consecration event at Ayodhya Ram Temple. The decision reversal follows a massive public outcry against the initial announcement of a half-day break, causing concerns about potential inconvenience to patients.
Patient Concerns Triggered by Initial Announcement
The controversy erupted when AIIMS announced a half-day break for staff in non-critical services, raising apprehensions about the availability of Out Patient Department (OPD) services. Patients, some waiting for weeks or months for appointments, expressed fears of being unable to consult specialists during the scheduled break.
Notification Causes Widespread Concern
The initial memorandum from AIIMS-Delhi’s administrative officer cited the central government’s decision for a half-day break for government employees on the day of the Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration. However, the vague communication left patients uncertain about the accessibility of critical clinical services, leading to widespread concern and criticism.
Patient Plight Highlighted by Public Outrage
The public reaction highlighted the plight of patients who heavily depend on AIIMS for specialized healthcare services. The sudden announcement created a ripple effect of distress among those who rely on the premier healthcare facility, especially those who had traveled from outside Delhi seeking medical assistance.
AIIMS Reversal Eases Patient Concerns
In response to the public outcry, AIIMS-Delhi issued a fresh notification, clarifying that the OPD would remain open to attend to patients with appointments. The revised decision aimed to prevent any inconvenience to patients and uphold the commitment to facilitating patient care during the Ram Temple consecration event.
Safdarjung Hospital Takes Measures to Accommodate Patients
Safdarjung Hospital, another crucial healthcare facility in the capital, outlined its plans to conduct OPD registration between 8 am and 10 am, ensuring that all registered patients would be attended to. The hospital adjusted pharmacy services but announced a temporary halt to elective surgeries during the specified time frame.
Opposition Condemns AIIMS Move
Opposition leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi and Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale, strongly criticized the initial decision by AIIMS. Chaturvedi expressed her displeasure on social media, questioning the prioritization of an event over healthcare services. Gokhale echoed concerns about the impact on those waiting outside AIIMS for appointments.
Chaturvedi’s sarcastic post on X drew attention to the irony of AIIMS taking time off for a religious event while patients may face disruptions. Gokhale, in his critique, highlighted the contrast between the hospital’s closure and the urgency of healthcare needs for the poor and vulnerable.
Center’s Decision to Grant Half-Day Leave
The central government’s decision to grant half-day leave to government employees for the live telecast of the Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration event sparked controversy. This move, aimed at facilitating widespread participation, led to several states declaring leave for government offices and educational institutions.The decision to grant leave for the Ayodhya event triggered debates about balancing public duties and personal events. Critics questioned the prioritization of a specific event over routine government services and the potential impact on daily governance.
Balancing Celebrations and Services – A Lesson Learned
The AIIMS decision reversal serves as a reminder of the delicate balance required between public celebrations and essential services. The initial controversy highlighted the vulnerability of patients and the importance of clear communication in times of public events. As the nation prepares for the Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration, the incident underscores the need for sensitivity and proactive measures to ensure uninterrupted essential services, especially in healthcare.