Patient asked to wait for 11 months for 40-min-long MRI test at AIIMS-Bhopal!

Bhopal: Alka Yadav, an out patient department (OPD) patient of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS-Bhopal), has been suffering from a headache, but hospital authorities have asked her to wait for 11 months to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

This incident came to light on Monday when Yadav visited the hospital for a follow-up appointment. She had visited AIIMS on July 27, but the department of radiodiagnosis and imaging gave her an appointment for the scan on June 7, 2019! Diagnostic centres take just 40 to 50 minutes for an MRI scan, but AIIMS-Bhopal director Dr Sarman Singh, said the delay has been caused by a staff crunch in all sections and departments of the hospital.

According to sources, the department of radiodiagnosis and imaging performs 7-8 MRI tests in a day. It only conducts tests for admitted and emergency patients on a priority basis. OPD cases like Alka Yadav are not entertained.

However, according to medical experts, a headache may be the symptom of any serious disease, and should be diagnosed at the earliest.

 We have machines but not enough staff. Things will improve after we recruit staff,’ -Dr Sarman Singh, director, AIIMS-Bhopal

OPD patients have to wait over a month to meet doctors

  • Sant Guru Prasad, a student leader and former union president of AIIMS, said OPD patients have to wait for over a month to meet doctors.
  • He said patients have to wait the entire night to get a token, but many of them are forced to return without meeting the doctors, as the capacity of OPD is limited.
  • AIIMS issues only 15 tokens daily for neurology OPD. And, only 50 patients can visit doctors of departments such as dermatology and orthopedics.

(Story: Manish Chandra Mishra)