The state government has proposed that patients abandoned by the relatives at various mental hospitals be offered jobs at the hospitals.
Half the money earned by the patient would be given to the hospital fund, said Dr DS Dhakure, director, Directorate of Health Services. “Keeping them occupied with easy jobs will help them feel better in the hospital.”
According to proposal presented in 2011-12 budget, the DHS has requested funds to rehabilitate patients in all the four mental hospitals in the state -- Thane, Pune, Nagpur and Ratnagiri. They will be offered suitable jobs within the hospital premises and a support staff would supervise them. “Some patients can speak English fluently while some are good at account work,” said Dr Sanjay Kumavat, superintendent, Mental Hospital at Thane, which has about 250 patients who can be discharged but their relatives have refused to take them back.
Uday Rane, 28, is one such patient at the Thane hospital. On Monday, his mother Roshini had come to readmit him. “Rather than admitting him, it is better if he is given a job here,” said Roshini Rane, a Kandivli resident.