Seven Hills Healthcare Pvt Ltd (SHHPL) on Friday told the Bombay High Court that they have proposed to construct a separate 300-bed hospital on the hospital premises in Marol,where patients referred from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals will be treated. In what may be seen as a step towards negotiating with the BMC that has been at loggerheads with the hospital management over 20 per cent reservation of beds for poor and needy patients, counsel for SHHPL Venkatesh Dhond informed the court about the hospitals offer. Earlier,the BMC had filed an affidavit stating that poor patients are ill-treated and discouraged from coming to the posh hospital.
We will construct the building and hand it over to the corporation, Dhond said. The diagnostic equipment in the hospital will be made available to the patients referred by civic hospitals as well,Dhond told the court. He said this would take care of the BMCs plan to provide medical aid to poor patients.
The state-of-the-art Seven Hills Hospital is the citys first Public-Private-Participation Programme. The hospital has been built on BMC land by the SHHPL.
Dhond said the patients may be given free treatment but BMC should pay for medicines or surgical implants.
Justices S A Bobde and R A Dhanuka,however,said these things should be negotiated and not fought over.
Anyone in the medical field should have an egalitarian and an altruistic approach Justice Bobde said. We are sure there are trusts that will provide such help, the court added.
The BMCs counsel Ashutosh Kumbhakoni said the BMC would seriously consider the SHHPLs proposal. The court asked the SHHPL to submit a written proposition to the corporation in one week and the corporation to take a decision within the following two weeks.
The court also reprimanded the BMC for its No-objection certificate (NOC) for SHHPL to mortgage the land to secure a bank loan,that created obstaclesfor the hospital instead of facilitating the procurement of a loan.
We are very disappointed and dissatisfied. Our order (of December 9,2011,directing the BMC to issue the NOC) has been distorted. You change the tone of it (NOC) or we will take action, Justice Bobde said.
The court asked the BMC to withdraw the NOC and issue a fresh one in two weeks.