October 24, 2011 5:43:55 am
A recent audit of the Goculdas Tejpal (GT) Hospital has brought to the fore many discrepancies within the institution,including one instance termed by the audit as disregard of governments financial interest.
In 2009,as part of a public private partnership (PPP) project,an MRI machine costing Rs 7 crore was outsourced to Spectrum Health Care Pvt Ltd for operation. However,according to the audit,the machine was installed 11 months after the agreement letter was signed during which the firm did not pay the hospital the money for the rent or for the water or electricity used for which the government continued to pay.
However,the firm said since the machine was not operational there was no scope of payment to the hospital. In a PPP,the public entity has a guaranteed benefit. In fact,it was we who incurred a loss of Rs 21 lakh as the machine was installed much later and we had to continue paying the staffers. However,this venture has helped reduce the waiting list for MRI scans at JJ Hospital,so the purpose of better healthcare has been served, said Dr Viral Shah,medical director of Spectrum Health Care Pvt Ltd.
Concerns about the short staffed team at GT Hospital were also raised. According to the audit,close to 140 posts are vacant including 39 honorary medical officers,62 Class IV officers and 25 staff nurses. Most of the vacant posts are for the class IV officers and we can manage without them. The need is for the honorary medical officers. The state government has already been intimated about the shortage, said Dr A P Chaudhari,medical superintendent of GT Hospital. During the supervision of the hospital,it was also observed that medical equipment worth Rs 55 lakh was lying idle and the amount spent on their repairs was around Rs 27 lakh. These items included equipment such as ventillator,blood gas analyser,cardiac monitorand so on.
The equipment has been lying unused since 2002. Instead of spending more money on their repair,we have decided to do away with them. The government has been informed about this and the disposal will begin soon, said Chaudhari.
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