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10% RESERVATION AT NMMC – HIRANANDANI – FORTIS FOR THE POOR STILL ELUDES THE POOR – NMTV EXCLUSIVE WEEKEND FOLLOW UP REPORT

10-eservationThe administration failed to keep its promise again. Despite agreeing to present the revised proposal for the implementation of the 10% reservation for the poor at NMMC-Hiranandani-Fortis Hospital, the Chief Officer Dr. Deepak Paropkari failed to get the proposal even this week. What’s more, when we met Dr. Rajeev Boudhankar – the Director of Hiranandani who gave us exclusive information, which exposes just how the NMMC administration continues to mislead the corporators and citizens of Navi Mumbai about facts of the agreement with Fortis and the ground reality of the reservation policy. We get to you all the details with our exclusive weekend follow up report. In our last weekend exclusive, NMTV News had questioned whether NMMC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deepak Paropkari would be able to present the revised policy for the 10% reservation policy for the poor at NMMC Hiranandani Fortis Hospital within a week’s job when he could not do it in seven months? We got the answer in this week’s Standing Committee meet. The administration failed to get the proposal this week. Commissioner Vijay Nahata gave another date to the members for bringing the revised proposal. Unfortunately, the administration could present 72 subjects on the agenda of this week’s Standing Committee meeting but it failed to bring the revised reservation policy of for the poor. Even as the administration gave another date, we met the Director of Hiranandani who gave us exclusive information, which exposes just how the NMMC administration continues to mislead the corporators and citizens of Navi Mumbai about facts of the agreement with Fortis and the ground reality of the reservation policy. Take a look at what these facts are. FACT # 1 RATES OF TESTS One of the reasons why the 10% policy has been delayed is because the corporators have been demanding that rates of the tests that will be done at NMMC-Hiranandani-Fortis be at par with charitable hospitals like Dr. D Y Patil Hospital at Nerul or the tests rates at MCGM hospitals in Mumbai. It may be recalled that the corporators had asked administration to get these rates after the special general body meeting of June 2009. But the administration took more than 7 months and presented the rates only in last week’s Standing Committee meet, which too were incomplete as the NMMC Health Dept. according to its whims and fancies mentioned only rates of some tests they could find at Dr. D Y Patil Charitable Hospital, not even bothering to get in touch with other government hospitals like KEM and Sion Hospital to get rates of all tests done for super specialty cases. This even irked the Chairman who had ordered NMMC Health Dept’s Chief Dr. Paropkari to get the rates in a week’s time. It’s on this point that the information given by Dr. Rajeev Boudankar – the Director of Hiranandani – Fortis exposes Dr. Parokpari and his team. Dr. Boudankar says that it’s not possible to present the rates of all tests as there are nearly 4000 tests that need to be done for super specialty cases. If one goes by the explanation of Dr. Rajeev Boudankar, then either Dr. Deepak Paropkari does not think it is impossible to get the rates of the 4000 tests and will present it before the Standing Committee or he is not informing the members that there are more than 4000 tests conducted for different Super Specialty cases. FACT # 2 RATES OF IMPLANTS, SURGICALS AND MEDICINES Another factor that members have been voicing concern about are the rates of implants, surgicals and medicines. This was raised by members in the last week’s Standing Committee meet who demanded that the condition of purchasing medicines, implants and surgicals from the chemist in the hospital premises be removed. They said that patients should be allowed to buy the same from any chemist. On this the Municipal Commissioner had warned the members that the hospital would not bear responsibility for consequences of spurious drugs and surgicals procured from other chemists. It was then that the Chairman ordered that the medicines and surgicals should be made available at the Fortis chemist shop at par with Dr. D Y Patil Charitable Hospital. The issue of rates of implants, surgicals and medicines was raised specifically by members in the special general body meeting of June 2009 and thereafter in every meeting of NMMC. MLA Sandeep Naik has time and again shared the reason why corporators have made this demand. However, even on this aspect – the administration did not inform the members that according to the agreement the patients will have to pay the actual rates of the implants, medicines and surgicals to Hiranandani – Fortis. In other words, these rates will not be subsidized. Even Dr. Rajeev Boudhankar sighted the same reason of spurious drugs. He said that they won’t charge the patients above the MRP. For reasons best known to the NMMC administration; they have never informed the members of this clause of the agreement every time members have discussed rates of these and this could become another reason for dispute between NMMC and Fortis in implementing the 10% reservation. With election code of conduct looming large, time is running out but the dead conscience of NMMC officials and corporators seems to be the only reason behind the failure to execute 10% reservation for the poor at NMMC Hiranandani Fortis Hospital. If this week too corporator and officials fail again then may be just like the CIDCO-MGM case, only a PIL in court will ensure justice to the poor in Navi Mumbai. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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