Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Winds of change - 28



(This is the twenty eighth part of a short story which is entirely a work of fiction.)

Manav ensured that the top newspapers and television channels were invited for the press conference. Vasudha made a detailed presentation on their model of healthcare delivery and how it addressed the ills present in the current models. Then she would bring in how the two doctors tried to thwart an honest attempt at beginning a revolution.

On the morning of the press conference, Vasudha and Manav were extremely tense. This was their one big chance. If the press caught on to the story and gave it widespread coverage, it could mean the success of their plan.

They intentionally did not release the press note that is customary before a press conference saying that it would be released after the hospital representatives spoke. The conference hall soon filled up with journalists and AV crew from the top newspapers and television channels.

Vasudha began with poise. She thanked the journalists for coming and attending the meet. She then went over her presentation. Once she started covering the part about the two dishonest doctors, there was a lot of commotion in the room. Manav noticed people getting onto their cell phones. Soon, more and more journalists started coming in. Manav knew that they had succeeded.

Once the presentation was completed, Vasudha and Manav fielded questions from the journalists present on the finer details of the plan and the action being taken against the doctors.

By that evening, the medical community of Rajahmundry and in fact the entire state of Andhra Pradesh was shaken with the news emanating from Narayana Hospital. The national television channels also gave coverage to the news which was huge as generally, national channels do not cover even big stories from a place like Rajahmundry. The next morning, all newspapers of the state carried this story as the headline. Narayana Hospital, its new healthcare delivery model and the corrupt doctors were on everyone’s mind that day.

The hospital got numerous calls. Vasudha’s cell phone was flooded with congratulatory messages and messages of support. Almost all the doctors of the hospital got calls from people they knew asking about the new model and the corrupt doctors.

That evening, Vasudha and Manav met in Vasudha’s cabin. They reviewed the status of the plan. They discussed the possible impact of the press conference and the wide publicity they had got. They decided to keep their expectations low since they knew how the press behaved. One new story the next day and everyone would forget about the hospital.

Vasudha sent an email to all the doctors and Admin team of the hospital thanking them for the support during this crisis. She encouraged them to go back to their regular work and not get distracted with all the hullabaloo that was caused by the events of the past few days.

The careers of the two doctors in Rajahmundry was finished. No one wanted to be associated with them. Even the hospitals they were engaged with while working for Narayana refused to continue their relationship as it would be a major image problem for them. They left Rajahmundry for good and started their practice elsewhere.

(The story concludes tomorrow.)

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