Protests against the civic bodys decision to hand over a new building on the Aundh institute premises to private trust Aundh Institute of Medical Services (AIMS) at a nominal rate for 29 years got louder on Thursday. The Jan Arogya Manch staged a demonstration against the decision.
The activists,led by Kiran Moghe,Dr Sanjay Dabhade and others,demanded cancellation of the agreement between PMC and AIMS.
Stating that past experience of such public-private partnerships had shown that poor patients were never provided proper medical services,the activists met Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak who agreed to look into the matter. Rajya Sabhya MP Vandana Chavan also assured help. The Arogya Sena,led by Dr Abhijit Vaidya,had on Wednesday criticised the civic body for the decision. Vaidya had demanded that the PMC must refrain from privatising hospitals owned by it.