Suresh Kalmadi finally got a taste of ground reality at a government hospital when he was made to wait for 5 hours before being allotted a room in AIIMS on Monday.
This, despite having a prior appointment. The Congress MP, who is doing time at Tihar was admitted to the premier institute after a checkup by a team of doctors, including a neurologist.
Sources said that the delay occurred because Kalmadi did not have the required documents — a CGHS card or Member of Parliament card.
He was then asked to submit a draft of Rs 12,000 to be eligible for admission which was a lengthy process.
No tests could be conducted on the first day of his admission due to this delay. Hospital authorities said that Kalmadi will undergo a series of tests to assess his health condition on Tuesday. “He arrived at AIIMS at around 10am accompanied by jail authorities . Because he did not have the CGHS card or the Identity Card (proof for MP status), the jail authorities were asked to submit a cheque of Rs 12,000, which is refundable. Kalmadi was admitted at around 3pm once the formalities were complete ,” said a senior official.
He said Kalmadi waited in Room Number 13, a consultation room, while the paper work for his admission was being done. Later, he was shifted to Room number 1001 in a private ward in the cardio-neuro tower. Perhaps thankful the ordeal was over, Kalmadi tripped on the stairs as he rushed towards the private ward.
Deputy inspector general of Tihar R N Sharma said that the hospital had not informed them about the necessity of making a bank draft.
“The jail superintendent received a call informing us that Rs 12,000 needed to be submitted. We arranged for the draft and sent it over with an official so that the admission process was not further delayed,” he said. A three-member team of doctors including, neurologist Dr M V Padma Srivastava , cardiologist Dr Rakesh Yadav and Dr Aarti Vij, has been formed to conduct tests on Kalmadi.
“We have gone through the medical history of the patient . He has diabetes and cardio-related problems. A series of investigation will be conducted to examine his health condition in the next one or two days,” said Dr Yadav.
Kalmadi last visited AIIMS on Thursday. He said he was there for a regular checkup and denied that he suffered from dementia. He said he was suffering from hypertension and diabetes for the last 15 years and had undergone cardiac surgery five years ago.