The Director and the Hon’ble members of the Board
St Stephen’s Hospital
October 22, 2013
We write to you as the Friends of St Stephen’s Hospital, who have been observing with a deep sense of dismay, the current state of this great Hospital, as reported in the media of late.
For the last 127 years this remarkable institution in Delhi has had an outstanding record of service, especially to the poorer sections of society, with the motto “in love serve one another”.
However, now there have reportedly been increased costs and reduction of general ward beds; emphasis on private wards and ICU beds; high surgical bills and laboratory and radiology costs; closing down of low revenue earning units; and turning away of poor patients
In addition, there are allegations of mounting expenses in the hospital, higher costs of servicing loans, unwise financial decisions, commercialization of health services, expectations of meeting salaries and running costs from poor patients, persecution and harassment of public-spirited doctors, and non-transparent administration of the Hospital. These are serious charges indeed and, as you and all well-wishers of the Hospital would agree, they do great disservice to the noble ideals for which the Hospital was established and the entire congregations of those who have the interests of the Hospital close to their hearts.