For reasons best known to him, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata failed to keep his word of presenting the 10% reservation policy for patients in NMMC hospital to Fortis – Hiranandanis in this week’s standing committee meet. When we met him on this, quite lamely the Commissioner said that he needs a week or may be even two to present the proposal. It may be recalled that last week NMTV News had aired a report on how NMMC’s very purpose of giving away half of the poor man’s hospital building at Vashi to Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty was to make super specialty and additional medial services accessible to the poor. But it’s been months the Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty has gone functional and the NMMC’s administration’s revised policy for referring poor patients to the Hiranandani – Fortis Super Specialty Hospital is still not in place. We had met Sandeep Thakur – city’s own lone crusader for public issues. Sandeep Thakur had said that the delay could be intentional to benefit the private parties. In his defense Commissioner Vijay Nahata had said that says that on their part the administration presented the proposal for forming the policy based on the agreement signed but if the committee did not approve the proposal, it’s not his fault. However, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik says that the corporators gave the administration ample time to complete all official formalities before approving the proposal in December 2008 and since they didn’t complete the same, it’s failure of part of the administration. Standing Committee Chairman adds that the administration needs to set its priorities right and since this is a matter of public health; it should be taken up on priority. On the other hand, Commissioner Vijay Nahata had assured of presenting the proposal in this week’s standing committee meet. However, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata failed to keep his word as the administration did not bring the proposal in this week’s Standing Committee meet either. When we asked the Commissioner the same, he lamely said that the administration needs more time. It is rather a bitter reality of NMMC that if the proposal was about some big contract, the corporators and officials get proposals approved in no time but when it comes to the issue as serious as medical services for the poor, there is apathy and neglect by the administration and corporators. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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