The Aam Aadmi Party has urged the state government to abort the building of super specialty hospitals under the smart city project and instead adopt Delhi’s Mohalla clinic and polyclinic model for Pune. Claiming that the healthcare system has collapsed in the city, AAP said in a statement issued Friday that the PMC should abort the super specialty hospitals project at Aundh, Baner and Balewadi. “Instead they should start well equipped intensive care unites at Kamala Nehru hospital, neonatal intensive care unit at Sonawane maternity hospital,” said Dr Abhijit More, a member of AAP.
With the exception of Naidu Hospital for communicable diseases, all the 14 hospitals of PMC are only maternity homes. At the ten bedded ICU at Kamala Nehru Hospital, the machines used in the delivery labour room are not fully functional. Three Doppler machines are non-functional and while the central oxygen system has been in place for the last one year, it has not started yet.
Kamala Nehru is yet to receive a generic medicine shop, and the 450-bedded hospital of the PMC is actually utilising less than 300 beds. The 250-bedded PMC-run Rajiv Gandhi Hospital at Yerawada is also under-utilised as barely 25-30 beds are functional, that too for maternity care. The six-storey building of Bindu Madhav Thackrey Hospital in Kothrud has been lying vacant for the last five years.
The statement, issued by AAP office bearers including Shrikant Acharya, Raj Ahiwale, Poonam Botre, Ketan Botre, Tushar Kasar and Suman Rai, has challenged the proposal to set up three super specialty hospitals under the smart city project.
“There is a clear pattern adopted by the ruling party in PMC to construct large hospitals through taxpayers’ money. Then equip them with all the latest machinery but don’t make adequate provisions for making them functional by recruiting trained staff. Thus. these big hospitals remain dysfunctional for a very long time and privatise them under one or another pretext,” the statement said.