| Govt cancels sops for pvt
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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to withdraw all concessions
granted to private hospitals registered under the Public Trust Act,
because the hospitals were found to be not extending free or subsidised
treatment to poor patients, as required under the rules.
Brigadier (Retd) Joe Curian, chief spokesperson for the Association
of Hospitals, described the government’s accusation as a “blatant
lie’’. He added that the government had anyway withdrawn most of the
concessions over a period of time, hence the decision made no difference
to the hospitals.
Dr K R Shetty, chairman of Cumballa Hill Hospital, said the government
had already withdrawn octroi and other concessions. “Hospitals are
now being charged commercial rates for the electricity they consume,’’
he added. The decision to withdraw the concessions—like land leases
at nominal rates, floor space index and tax reliefs—was taken following
a BombayHC direction on the issue, minister of state for law Hasan
Mushrif declared in the council on Wednesday.
Sops withdrawn on HC directive
Private Hospitals Allege Unfair Targetting
Mumbai: The state government has decided to withdraw concessions granted
to private hospitals, because the hospitals were found to be not extending
free or subsidised treatment to poor patients, as required under the
The decision was announced by minister of state for law Hasan Mushrif
in the Maharashtra legislative council on Wednesday.
Public health minister Vimal Mundada had told the house a couple of
days earlier that the withdrawal of concessions was being considered.
The matter came up before the house again on Wednesday when Mushrif
was replying to a question from Shiv Sena members Deepak Sawant and
Mushrif said the number of poor patients being treated by a hospital
for free or at lower rates had to be 10% of the hospital’s capacity.
However, the Bombay high court had found that private hospitals were
not complying with the condition and directed that the concessions
be withdrawn. Accordingly, the state was withdrawing the concessions,
However, Brigadier (Retd) Joe Curian, chief spokesperson for the Association
of Hospitals, said that all private charitable hospitals had submitted
records and accounts pertaining to the treatment given to poor patients
to the charity commissioner. Hinduja Hospital alone spent Rs 6 crore
annually on poor patients, he said.
Dr K R Shetty, chairman of Cumballa Hill Hospital, said there were
about 12,000 beds in Mumbai-Thane in government and civic hospitals
and the authorities spend Rs 1,000 crore annually on them. Despite
the huge budget, these hospitals provide substandard treatment and
misuse money, which is why people go to private hospitals, he alleged.
He said there were about 29,000 beds in the private sector, including
nursing homes, which helps take a huge load off public health needs.
It is unfair to target private hospitals, he said.