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A hospital’s politics affect its secular image

Rupa Chinai


Vadilal Sarabhai (VS) Hospital is the largest Corporation-run hospital in Ahmedabad but also caters to poor patients from all over Gujarat. Set up some 70 years ago by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the hospital’s constitution originally provided for an independent, eight-member board, balanced between ruling corporation politicians (currently the Congress), four permanent seats for members of two families representing the original donors, and a member of the opposition party in the corporation (currently the BJP). Subsequently, the balance was tilted with the inclusion of a ninth member (representing the ruling party) with voting rights.

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