An NCP corporator,in a proposal,has asked the civic body to stop providing private rooms at hospitals to corporators citing their ever-increasing medical bills while the poor are given only financial assistance up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh when they are hospitalised.
In a proposal tabled in the Women and Child Welfare committee,NCP corporator Ravindra Malvadkar said the civic body has been spending crores on medical expenses of corporators.
The PMC health scheme for the poor only provides medical assistance up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh while the amount spent on corporators for medication is unlimited. This is wrong as public money is meant to be spent on citizens, he said. He said the civic body should stop the facility of providing private rooms so that reduce medical bills of corporators.
This facility should be stopped for Class I officers of PMC, he said,adding,citizens are eligible for medical assistance only if they are admitted to a general ward. In 2011-12,the civic body had to shell out Rs 1.63 crore to reimburse medical bills of 149 corporators. However,the amount has been going up every year. Restricting use of civic funds to pay bills would be in the interest of the civic body, said a civic officer.
Cong not okay with pvt players running civic hospitals
PMC tenders inviting private organisations to run five civic hospitals have run into resistance from the Congress,which has alleged foul play. Leader of Opposition in the civic body and Congress corporator Arvind Shinde,said,The state government has already urged the civic body to not give civic hospitals to private players. The rent estimated for the five hospital is very low and would cause a financial loss to PMC,Shinde said,adding,The eligibility seems to be fixed in a way to benefit specific organisations. The PMC should run hospitals on its own to provide medical facilities for the poor and for that it should hire more staff,he said. PMC should give priority to citizens and run hospitals to provide medical facility at cheaper rates to the poor, he added.