POOR PATIENTS requiring diagnostic tests through CT scan and MRI at MY Hospital will have to wait for yet another week as the private company which have been given the contract for installing two machines could not meet the much publicised deadline of starting the facility on Republic Day.
The MGM Medical College and MY Hospital authorities have outsourced the two facilities to Wellspring Nicholas (Mumbai). A huge area, which earlier housed the gynaecology ward and OPD, had been earmarked for these facilities and work had started in right earnest for it some time ago.
Although the machines have arrived and the generator to run these has also been installed, but owing to “some problems” the machines costing a few crores have not yet been installed.
The work for the state-of-the-art facility is still going on with labourers working almost round the clock.
When contacted, a company official present there, who requested not to be named, agreed that there were certain problems and hence they could not meet the deadline.
“Everything takes time and the installation too will take time. But we are working almost round the clock to finish the work as soon as possible,” the official said adding, “but let me put on record, we have received good cooperation from the MPEB and other departments.”
Stressing that there are no financial problems, the company official said, “We are trying to start the facility as soon as possible.”
M Y Hospital in-charge Superintendent Dr V S Bhatia said, “Every day about 25-30 patients are being referred for CT Scan and MRI tests to outside diagnostic labs. With the starting of this facility here itself, it would be a great help to the patients.”
The most important aspect of the outsourcing contract is that the facilities would be offered free of cost to those who have BPL cards and for other patients referred by the MY Hospital, the services will be available at a subsidised rate.
However, when asked about the reason for the delay, Dr Bhatia said he had no information and the company officials would be the best persons to tell about it.
The MY Hospital, State’s largest government hospital, being a referral centre, gets thousands of patients everyday from all over and many patients have to use the expensive diagnostic services offered by private diagnostic laboratories as these are not available at MTH. The lacunae were also pointed out during the recent visit by the Medical Council of India (MCI) inspectors.
The hospital administration is hopeful that with the new diagnostic facility in place, poor patients would be saved a lot of trouble and most importantly it would give them a big relief as the two tests cost upwards of anywhere between Rs 2000 to Rs 4000.
It is expected that the facilities would be inaugurated on February 2. Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi is likely to come for the event.