Doc­tors ques­tion shift to Sin­ga­pore hospi­tal

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Maitri Porecha MUM­BAI maitri. porecha@ dnain­dia. net

While In­dia has grown in the last decade as a hub for pa­tients from for­eign coun­tries pour­ing into the coun­try to seek spe­cialised care, doc­tors are ques­tion­ing the government’s de­ci­sion to shift the de­ceased Delhi gang rape vic­tim to Sin­ga­pore- based Mount Elizabeth Hospi­tal at a stage when she was hang­ing on to the last few mo­ments of her life.

Ex­perts feel su­per spe­cialty hos- pitals in In­dian cities like Mum­bai and Delhi are amongst the best ter­tiary care cen­tres in Asia and are ca­pa­ble of han­dling the most com­plex cases. Twenty per cent of pa­tients at Mum­bai- based Jaslok Hospi­tal at Ped­dar Road are for­eign­ers. “We treat close to 3500 pa­tients an­nu­ally out of which a chunky 20 % come from abroad to seek treat­ment here,” said Dr RR Pul­gaonkar, CEO at Jaslok Hospi­tal. “In the light of th­ese fig­ures and the ex­per­tise we have, I don’t see how pre­mier in­sti­tutes like All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences in New Delhi could not have han­dled a com­plex case as this.”

Close to 700 for­eign pa­tients throng Seven Hills Hospi­tal in And­heri an­nu­ally to seek treat­ment for a range of ail­ments. “Th­ese pa­tients es­pe­cially come from Europe, UAE, Africa amongst other coun­tries as treat­ment is at par with any other hospi­tal in the world,” said Vi­jay Channa, Vice Pres­i­dent ( Mar­ket­ing), Seven Hills Hospi­tal. In­dian doc­tors are far ahead in terms of med­i­cal ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence as com­pared to Sin­ga­pore in pro­vid­ing treat­ment, says Dr Kaushal Pandey, car­diac sur­geon, Kok­i­l­aben Dhirub­hai Am­bani Hospi­tal in And­heri. “When In­dia has the best fa­cil­i­ties avail­able, it was a sad re­flec­tion on the part of the government to ferry her to Sin­ga­pore. Doc­tors at Saf­dar­jung Hospi­tal were giv­ing it all they could to sal­vage her de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion.” he said.

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