It’s victory for the poor in Navi Mumbai at last. Fortis has backtracked from its rejection and has accepted all the five suggestions of MLA Sandeep Naik chaired Standing Committee meeting of February 2010. The final approval to the 10% reservation proposal has been given, under the leadership of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. NMTV Dy. Editor Sana Warsia joins us with details. Justice has been finally done to the poor as the 10% reservation policy has been approved that too with all the 5 clauses intact. In a proposal submitted to the NMMC Standing Committee today, Fortis accepted all the 5 clauses kept by the Standing Committee of February 2010. The proposal stated that : * Fortis has accepted to sell medicines with 10% discount and consumables with 5% discount. At the same patients can also purchase medicines and consumables from government suppliers. * Fortis has accepted to make a new entrance from within the NMMC Hospital to Fortis Hospital. * Fortis has accepted to fill the backlog. They will give 5 beds extra every month – that means along with the 15 beds of the 10% reservation – 5 additional beds would be given to NMMC making it 20 beds in total. This way the backlog will be filled in a time period of 3 years for indoor patients and within 1 year for outdoor patients. * Fortis has accepted to treat patients of any epidemic or disaster in accordance with the 10% reservation policy. * Fortis has accepted to reduce the deposit of general ward patients to Rs. 1000 and super specialty cases to Rs. 5000. After debates and discussions, the NMMC Standing Committee approved the proposal. Speaking to the media Chairman Anant Sutar informed that Fortis conceded to their demands after a meeting with Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and MLA Sandeep Naik. HF Director Dr. Rajeev Bhaudhankar was also present for the meeting where both the Minister and MLA warned Fortis to think of the poor or leave the hospital. He said that Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik intervened to bring the implementation proposal to its logical conclusion. It’s not just the victory of the poor in Navi Mumbai but it’s a historic one. That’s because their battle was against pharmaceutical giant Fortis. But they won the battle and credit for this goes to Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. The Minister brought a logical conclusion to the 10% reservation policy for the poor at Fortis – an initiative that was started by his son MLA Sandeep Naik when he was Chairman of the NMMC Standing Committee. Fortis had to bend in front of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s determination and backtrack from their earlier rejections. And finally, justice has been served to the poor who can now avail super specialty medical services at Hiranandani Fortis at reasonable rates. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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