160 patients daily at mohalla clinic raises eyebrows; Patiala DC marks inquiry

by Aditya Kumar

Aam Aadmi Clinics Accused of Fraudulently Examining Patients for Financial Gain

Aam Aadmi Clinics, a flagship health project of Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, are currently embroiled in a scandal involving the alleged fraudulent examination of patients for financial gain. It is claimed that the health staff working in these clinics are minting money by examining over 160 patients on a daily basis.

Under this health project, the AAP government offers a monetary incentive of Rs 50 per patient to doctors working in these clinics. However, it has come to light that some staff members are allegedly registering fake patients to increase their patient count and subsequently receive more incentives.

One such clinic in the assembly segment of Health Minister Dr Balbir Singh in Patiala is now under the scanner for these fraudulent practices. Patiala Deputy Commissioner Sakshi Sawhney has ordered a probe into the functioning of five clinics where the average footfall of patients is over 100 per day.

While the doctors receive an incentive of Rs 50 per patient, a pharmacist and a clinical assistant receive Rs 12 and Rs 10 respectively. Additionally, doctors have a fixed monthly salary of around Rs 63,000, while clinical assistants and pharmacists earn a minimum monthly salary of Rs 11,000 and Rs 12,000.

Sources in the Health Department have revealed that a medical officer had reported higher numbers of patients in official records than the actual number of patients examined.

It has also been reported that a general practitioner in one of these clinics allegedly earned a substantial sum of Rs 1.65 lakh per month. The doctor claimed to have treated around 3,300 patients, excluding Sundays, averaging 132 patients per day over 25 days.

To uncover the truth behind these claims, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered a probe and sought a report from the Civil Surgeon. Additionally, the Health Department has directed its officials to visit mohalla clinics with daily footfall figures above 100.

The AAP government has established a total of 664 Aam Aadmi Clinics over the past year to provide primary healthcare services to residents. These clinics offer 80 types of medicines and conduct 41 diagnostic tests free of cost. Approximately 59 lakh patients have visited these clinics to date, with 9.54 lakh availing of diagnostic facilities.

The current allegations of fraudulent practices in Aam Aadmi Clinics are a setback for the AAP government’s healthcare initiative. It is hoped that the ongoing probe will shed light on the truth and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

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