The government is mulling handing over the muchtouted trauma centre building of SGPGIMS, built on a budget of over Rs. 80 crore, to Bangalore based Narayan Hrudayalaya chain of hospitals.
Sources inside SGPGIMS admitted there was a plan to hand over the trauma centre building to Narayan Hrudayalaya.
However, it would only be done if funds were provided to PGI to develop a new centre on its premises.
“The project was delayed by around three years. Had it been operational today, the talks of handing over the building to Narayan Hrudayalaya would not have arisen,” said an insider.
“This building has taken a good five years to get completed. Now if it is handed over to others and PGI starts construction of a new building, we would have to wait for another five years to get a trauma centre,” he added.
Insiders said the loss of trauma centre building, which was to get operational from April, would be a great jolt to the future expansion plans of the premier medical institute, which was expected to launch its air ambulance services soon. Critics said the handover talks were a result of slow pace of work and laxity by PGI authorities in starting the project.
Owner of Narayan Hrudayalaya professor Dev Shetty is famous for his low-cost cardiac surgeries and has been termed as the Henry Ford of India by celebrated international magazine Forbes.
In December last year, Dr Shetty, on his visit to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), was assured by chief secretary Javed Usmani of all help in setting up a similar sort of facility in the state.
According to information, Dr Shetty, during his last year’s meeting with Usmani, had expressed the desire to start his hospital at the earliest and had requested for an already-constructed building in a suitable area for the purpose.
A senior official at SGPGIMS, on condition of anonymity, said, “The building would only be handed over when SGPGIMS would get funds to construct a trauma centre on its own premises.”
He added, “The present trauma centre building is situated around 2 kilometre away from the main campus.”
This is not of much help in times of emergency as it takes at least half an hour for PGI doctors to reach there,” he further said.
Secretary of Indian Medical Association Dr PK Gupta said ideally, the trauma centre should be on the PGI premises. “This way, all the expertise would be readily available and doctors could start treatment of patients within minutes,” he said.