AIIMS doctors to PM: ‘Be a doctor for a day’

On Sunday, in a letter to Modi, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) urged the PM Narendra Modi to understand the tremendous pressure on doctors at government hospitals due to the poor infrastructure and misbehaviour of patient’s kin during emergency situations


  • Resident doctors of AIIMS backed protests by their counterparts in Rajasthan for higher pay and promotions, and asked PM to ‘live their life for a day’ to understand their stress.
  • The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) wrote to the PM on Sunday and urged him to understand the pressure on doctors at government hospitals due to poor infrastructure and misbehaviour of patients’ families and attendants during emergency situations.

AIIMS doctors write to PM Narendra Modi urging him to understand the stress they are working under, Association President DR. Harjit Singh Bhati says, “Rajasthan Health Minister said ‘will make doctors work on gunpoint’, so we think PM can be our best representative.”

We would like our Prime Minister to spare a day, come and work with us. Then only he will come to know what problems we face. We have to bear wrath of public even when it’s not our fault. It’s fault of government and infrastructure. We work under pressure and threat said DR Rajiv Ranjan, AIIMS.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, President, RDA AIIMS, New Delhi said, “After becoming the PM, it is easy to work towards the betterment of the country with the help of the other workers. But, it becomes difficult for one doctor to serve more than 1,000 patients. Doctors are under tremendous physical and mental pressure. They have to work for more than 24 hours. So, the PM should pay attention towards all these issues.”

What the letter says:

  • “We are lucky to have an active PM like you. Now, RDA AIIMS requests you to put (on) white apron and spend one day as a Government doctor to understand the tremendous amount of pressure we face, the agony of patients who did not get treatment, the dying healthcare system due to lack of resources and infrastructure,” Dr Bhatti wrote in the letter.
  • He said it would also set an example to Ministers who level allegations against doctors for cheap publicity. “Your one day as a Government doctor can be a turning point for the healthcare system as it will restore faith in the medical profession,” the letter read.