The Punjab government on Thursday decided to cancel the empanelment of 19 hospitals under the Mukh Mantri Punjab Cancer Rahat Kosh Scheme. An expert committee constituted by the state government had earlier asked for cancelling empanelment of 11 of the 36 hospitals, besides asking for improvements at nine.
The committee - constituted in December under Dr JS Thakur, additional professor, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh – found only 17 of the 36 hospitals offering complete cancer treatment. Though a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with each hospital, “the committee couldn’t find the definite criteria for empanelment” nor was the copy of any MoU provided.
Officials said the hospitals – 28 private and six government-run – had simply approached the health department to get empanelled in 2011 after a newspaper ad sought applications. Since the scheme was launched in June 2011, around Rs 75 crore have been released to various hospitals for about 7,000 patients so far.