New Delhi, Nov 17: NDA convenor and Lok Sabha member George Fernandes today charged Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss with persecuting AIIMS doctors and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to constitute an inquiry into it. Asserting that AIIMS was to treat patients and not for the health ministry to play with, Mr Fernandes said in a letter written to the Prime Minister that ''the vested interest'' of the minister is being used to destroy the health of the people of the country.
''For how long will you allow your Health Minister to play with the lives of the patients by persecuting the doctors of this institute? For how long should all these doctors suffer because of their integrity? Ever since coming to office the Health Minister has been making the lives of these doctors of AIIMS so miserable that 90 per cent of them have been on the verge of putting their papers,'' he said.
Mr Fernandes said that in the process patients were the biggest loser amd not the minister.
He urged the Prime Minister to find out the reasons that ''are bothering the Health Minister while doing his duty.'' He also asked the people of the country to persuade the government to ''find a health minister who has no vested interest.''