Charity hospitals looting patients; State files a case against Jaslok Hospital

The state issued a strict warning to Hinduja Hospital while cutting off financial aid to Cumballa Hill Hospital and Bhatia hospital

Charity hospitals looting patients; State files a case against Jaslok Hospital

Hospitals run by a trust were scrutinised by the committee which was led by the collector and as per the findings, a criminal case was filed against Jaslok Hospital and gave strict warning to Hinduja Hospital. Apart from this, Cumballa Hill and Bhatia Hospital, henceforth, will not receive any government financial aid, said Madan Yerawar, minister of state for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the legislative assembly.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jayant Jadhav and other MLAs raised a question alleging that hospitals which are run by a trust do not provide better services to people who are poor and from weaker sections.

Hospitals which follow the same practice include Jaslok Hospital, Bhatia Hospital, Hinduja Hospital and Cumballa Hill Hospital. It is mandatory, that these hospitals should reserve 10 per cent of total beds for poor patients and 10 per cent for people who belong to weaker sections. But, in reality, reserved beds are provided to other patients.

Yerawar added that information regarding reserved beds, patients’ financial status, everything will be put up on the website of the hospitals run by a charity. He further said that information of beds available in more than 75 per cent hospitals is uploaded on the hospital’s website.

The government has given orders to appoint health workers in charitable hospitals. Accordingly, 42 charitable health workers have been appointed from May 1, 2016, in Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik’s charity hospitals.

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