The Chief Minister's Free Treatment Scheme has remained confined to paper, as highlighted by Kumari Selja.
:-Government hospitals lack doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, and essential medicines,
:-functioning merely as referral centers for the state's citizens and community hospitals.
:-The Bjp government overlooked the inauguration of the Sirsa Medical College a year ago, even after its inauguration by the President.
Chandigarh, 16th October. Kumari Selja, the National General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee, former Union Minister, member of the Congress Working Committee, and former State President of the Haryana Congress, stated that while the government claims to provide better healthcare facilities in the state, the health department itself is in dire need of treatment. There is a severe scarcity of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, and medicines in government hospitals.
Selja criticized The condition of civil hospitals of the state is going from bad to worse, two patients are being treated on one bed in the emergency ward. Civil hospitals are responsible for the lives of the people of the state and it is the responsibility of the state government to take care of them, but the Haryana government has turned its back on its responsibilities long ago.
The primary focus has shifted towards the Chief Minister's Free Treatment Scheme, which exists only on paper. Despite numerous declarations from the Chief Minister regarding health, there have been no attempts to understand the dire situation on the ground.
In a released statement to the media, Kumari Selja emphasized the severe crisis in healthcare services in the state, indicating that the government either fails to comprehend the suffering of the poor or deliberately turns a blind eye. She questioned whether the people are actually benefiting from the Chief Minister's Free Treatment Scheme and criticized the government's claims that the scheme offers seven types of services: surgery, laboratories, diagnostics (X-rays, ECGs, and ultrasound), OPD and indoor services, essential medicines, referral transport, and free dental care. She highlighted that X-ray and ultrasound machines are dysfunctional in public hospitals, and there is a lack of technicians or radiologists. Consequently, patients are compelled to rush to private hospitals for treatment. She further noted that under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, when patients seek treatment in private hospitals, they are admitted, but after undergoing surgeries, they are informed that their Ayushman card is not valid, forcing them to make cash payments. Some patients mortgage their homes or take loans to pay for their treatment. Private doctors complain that the government delays payments under the Ayushman card scheme, along with demanding commissions, thereby undermining their own policies. Kumari Selja stated that the image of the Chief Minister of Haryana has become that of a politician who makes announcements but fails to fulfill them, and the people of Haryana are witnessing countless instances of unfulfilled promises. The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sirsa Medical College and the delay in the construction work serve as direct evidence of this. The Haryana government forgot about the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sirsa Medical College, which took place a year ago with President Droupadi Murmu, and once again, the Chief Minister inaugurated another medical college on October 16, which is expected to face a fate similar to that of the Sirsa Medical College. In reality, the coalition government has become a government of empty promises and false announcements.