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How powerful health and IAS lobbies aborted the dream of a young cardiologist of serving the poor in rural Haryana!
This is a story of how the dream of a noted cardiologist of  the  country, of serving poor heart patients in rural Haryana, was aborted by the powerful private medical players in collusion with the strong IAS lobby.

Having MD, DNB and DM degrees and Post Doctrol Fellowship in the field of advanced electrophysiology from the US, Taiwan and Germany; and experience of working in the leading Medanta Hospital, Dr Rohit  Walia, has joined the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College located at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat district of Haryana, with an aim to serve poor people.

His good behaviour and competency won the heart of poor patients. Furthermore, the numbers of OPD  patients, Eco test seekers and admissions in the ward & intensive care unit increased within months of his joining.

Dr Walia, it may be recalled,  is the founder of India's first Arrhythmia Support Network, the first atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest support system. But since the institute did not have the cath lab facility, he was unable to operate on patients.

However, he sent a proposal for establishing a cath lab in the institute. Highly placed sources told that he had sent his proposal to the Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Haryana along with the recommendation that the service will go a long way in drawing a large number of heart patients to the institute for treatment.

But the powerful lobby of private medical practitioners, who have been pressing the government to start the cath lab facility under public-private model, in connivance with the IAS lobby, aborted the proposal.

Despite repeated attempts, Dr Walia has refused to comment, stating politely that service rules prohibit him from talking to the media.

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