‘Re-negotiate pact with Fortis on treatment of poor patients’
A huge floral rangoli adorns Kerala Bhavan in Vashi on the occasion of Onam.
Standing committee chairman Shivram Patil has ordered that a committee comprising of corporators from all political parties and including NMMC health department officials be formed to re-negotiate the terms of agreement with Fortis-Hiranandani hospital with respect to the number of patients that the civic body can refer to the hospital for free treatment.
Speaking in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, “The agreement on the quantum of patients that NMMC can refer to Fortis-Hiranandani under the Public Private Partnership scheme ended on Juy 30. We need to ensure that the interest of the poor patients is taken into account while renegotiating the terms of agreement.”
Patil said, “The previous health department official had entered into long term lease agreement with the hospital in collusion with his political bosses, which ultimately harmed the civic body and was against the interest of the citizens.”
He added, “The terms negotiated again for the patients under
a six-year agreement, too does not serve the purpose. It has been in force for a year and needs to be negotiated again.”
Patil said, “Last year it had been decided that free treatment will be sought for 1,700 patients referred by NMMC. However, due to the insistence of some political leaders, a limit of just 800 patients was set. This should not happen again this year.”
Patil said, “For a population that is close to 15 lakh in the city, just 800 patients can be referred at present to the hospital. It is such a miniscule number and denies super speciality health service to a large section of needy patients.”
Patil said, “An all party committee should be formed which along with the health officials will take a final decision on the issue and further action should be taken accordingly.