Most charitable hospitals found flouting state norms

Big hospitals following all norms were Bhatia,Hiranandani and Kokilaben Ambani.

Written by Stuti Shukla | Published:May 2, 2013 1:27 am

Only 11 of the 45-plus charitable hospitals in the city follow all norms,claims a report prepared by the state health department with the office of the charity commissioner.

Bombay,Lilavati and Hinduja hospitals,however,denied the claim made in the report that they have failed to fulfil one or more requirements.

Charitable hospitals,which receive various government subsidies,have to reserve 20 per cent of beds for the poor. But only 11 of the 49 hospitals inspected fulfilled the condition. The remaining did not meet at least one of the eight requirements.

Big hospitals following all norms were Bhatia,Hiranandani and Kokilaben Ambani.

The surprise inspection was carried out on January 31.

Hospitals run by trusts registered with the charity commissioner with annual expenditures exceeding Rs 5 lakh are termed charitable. The hospitals get benefits such as income tax exemptions,custom duty exemption certificates,government land on lease for a nominal amount and FSI concessions.

In return,they have to reserve 10 per cent of sanctioned operational beds for indigent patients (those with income less than Rs 50,000 per annum) and provide them services free of cost,reserve an additional 10 per cent for economically weaker sections (family income between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh) and bill them the lowest for billable items.

There was no such reservation in Rukshmani Lying In Hospital (Babulnath),Mahavir Medical Research Centre (Khar),Sadanand Danait Hospital (Andheri),Noor Hospital (Byculla) and Lion Tarachand Bapa Hospital (Sion),while at Wadia (Parel),Bombay (Marine Lines) and Cumballa Hill (Kemps Corner) hospitals the reservation was less than 20 per cent.

Money to treat indigent patients has to be deposited in the indigent patient fund, but nine hospitals,including K J Somaiya,Bombay,Hinduja and Lilavati,had not opened such an account.

Sagar Sakle of Bombay Hospital said earlier,there was a ledger account in the main account but now they had opened a separate account for indigent patients. “As far as reserving beds is concerned,20 per cent amounts to 140 beds but we have reserved 300 in the general ward,” he said.

Sudhir Dagonkar,director of administrative services at Lilavati,said: “The hospital is maintaining a separate indigent patient fund account in the books of account where money is utilised at the rate of two per cent of our income for treatment of indigent patients.”

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