‘Re-ne­go­ti­ate pact with For­tis on treat­ment of poor pa­tients’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tain­times.com

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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