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AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital doctors write to Narendra Modi about corruption in medical college, demand CBI inquiry

Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and Safdarjung Hospital have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging a corruption scam going on at the country's premier medical school in exchange for seats in the college, according to CNN-News18.

The television channel accessed a complaint letter written by AIIMS doctors to Modi saying that authorities were bribed in exchange for medical seats, resulting in unqualified doctors being picked over meritorious candidates. It was alleged that doctors were being picked without having to sit for the written examination.

 AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital doctors write to Narendra Modi about corruption in medical college, demand CBI inquiry

File image of AIIMS. CNN-News18

In the letter, doctors also asked for a CBI inquiry into the matter as well.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Dr Balvinder from the Safdarjung Hospital said: "Normally candidates are informed of their interviews three weeks in advance. However, this time, the advertisements were published on 4 September and the interview held in over a week on 11 September."

Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao told CNN-News18 the practice of money changing hands for medical seats unheard of. "While I knew there were problems with both AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital, I had never heard of AIIMS taking money for seats. This should be nipped in the bud," she said.

Earlier DNA reported that the Resident Doctors' Association at Safdarjung Hospital alleged there was corruption in the selection and recruitment of doctors.

 

"The process of recruitment was made in a way that it benefitted only a particular group of individuals. The interview was held without any written examination. This clearly violates the instructions given by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” stated the letter to the prime minister.

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2017 15:51:41 IST

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