THIS IS for poor patients planning treatment at King George’s Medical University (KGMU). The Hospital Board of Management on Friday gave the green light to raising treatment costs at the Gandhi Memorial & Associated Hospital. While the user charges have been left untouched, the Hospital Augmentation Fund (HAF) has been hiked in almost all the departments. HT had frontpaged a report on the issue on June 29.
In the three-hour meeting, heated arguments ensued over the issue.
Interestingly, the user charges are at the discretion of the hospital superintendent while the HAF is at the discretion of the HoDs and the KGMU Welfare Society. The Society returns 70 per cent of the funds collected as subsidy on medicines and keeps the rest to use at its discretion. With the approval for increase in cost of tests and other hospital facilities, the treatment cost has jumped by 150 per cent!
Meanwhile, the evening OPD issue was also discussed but the proposal was rejected on the plea that OPD timings had already been extended till 2 pm and that was enough for the patients. In several other matters, committees were constituted for feasibility reports. A committee comprising Dr Sandip Kumar and Dr SP Jaiswar will report on hospital waste management and installation of an incinerator for KGMU. A separate committee will ‘study’ the utility of evening OPD.
The proposal to establish cloakroom for attendants of patients and a new Rain Basera was cleared unanimously. The proposal to open new PCOs and tea stalls on campus, however, were rejected.
Board members also said the construction work needed to be speeded up.