AIIMS refuses admission to bullet-hit tribal youth

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, Feb 5: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which won accolades a few days before on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's treatment, is now again in limelight. But this time is for wrong reason. Reports suggest that AIIMS refused treatment to a tribal youth who had a bullet stuck in his head.

Known as the nation's best Government-run hospital, AIIMS admitted the youth only after the High Court order. Shivlal Soren, a tribal youth from Jharkhand was brought to the hospital on Jan 31, but was refused admission for three days for one or the other reason.

Soren had a bullet stuck in his brain and this has rendered one of his eyes useless. He was hit by a bullet when Police fired at a protest demonstration in Dumka on Dec 6 last year. The Jharkhand Police later arrested him and it was they who brought him to AIIMS hospital. But in the hospital he was shifted from Trauma Centre to the Eye Casualty Centre and then to Neurosurgery Department. Knowing about Soren, an NGO took up the case and filed a petition with the Delhi High Court.

Jai Singh, Soren's lawyer said that they approached the High Court and informed that he is not attended to. The HC then ordered the AIIMS advocate to admit Soren immediately. However AIIMS official denied the charges that Soren was not provided proper treatment. AIIMS spokesperson said that the specialist doctors have the authority to decide whether a patient needs to be admitted or not.

AIIMS is one of the premier health institution in India and has won a lot of applause for its services. It is also one of the preferred treatment destination for all the sections of Indian society.

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OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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