SRINAGAR: Reflecting the state of health care in the Valley, a government-run hospital recently listed an elderly patient for a now-common diagnostic test as far off as January 2015.
According to a chit handed over to her son, 72-year-old Fatima from Shangus, Anantnag, will have to wait for two full years before she gets an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) done at the premium state-run SKIMS Medical College Hospital in Srinagar.
And she is lucky - according to the hospital staff, the facility is booked till 2016. She has been granted a concession of one whole year.
Mushtaq Ahmad, who had brought his mother to the hospital on November 22 for an orthopaedic examination, says he did a double-take at home when he saw the date on the slip given to him by officials.
On their third visit to the hospital a few days ago, doctors had advised an MRI, and he had obtained the necessary slip from the counter.
I had not paid much attention to the slip when they handed it to me. I just pocketed it and went home with mother, he says.
But when I opened it later, I could not believe my eyes on seeing that we had been listed for January 2015, he says.
First, I thought it was a mistake, so I came all the way back from Shangus to get it corrected, he says.
I went to the section concerned, produced the slip, and very politely suggested that there might be some mistake with the date, he says.
But they turned around, and told me that the slip was absolutely in order, he said.
My dear fellow, Mushtaq quoted the clerk as having said. Your mothers turn was due in 2016. We have done you a favour because of her age. We have brought the date forward by one whole year. With inputs from KMN
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