The Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY), has been suspended from four peripheral civic-run hospitals in Mumbai
NCP corporator Dr Saeeda Khan has alleged that the scheme for poor people has been suspended without notice
Under the MPJAY scheme, below poverty line and above poverty line ration card holders are provided with a cashless insurance cover for treatment costing up to Rs 1.5 lakh cashless insurance for the hospitalisation expenses.
The state government’s welfare scheme the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) has been suspended in four civic-run hospitals in Mumbai. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Dr Saeeda Khan has raised this issue and has brought this to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) notice.
The health scheme has been suspended in Bhabha Hospital (Kurla), M T Agarwal Municipal General Hospital (Mulund), V N Desai Hospital (Santacruz) and Mahatma Phule Hospital (Vikhroli) in Mumbai.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Saeeda Khan said, “The health insurance scheme is very beneficial for the poor and needy patients. But, it has been suspended in four civic-run hospitals without any notice. I have written a letter regarding this to Sudhakar Shinde, CEO of Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana.”
Dr Khan further added, “The hospital administration is giving us vague answers. The government should re-start the scheme in these hospitals within 15 days. Or else we will launch a strong agitation against the government’s decision.”
According to sources, around 1000 patients are enrolled under the Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana and around 3.5 lakh procedures are conducted annually.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Archana Bhalerao, Health Committee chairman of BMC said, “Dr Saeeda Khan has pointed out to us about suspending the scheme in four hospitals. We are conducting an inquiry to find out how a health insurance scheme has been suspended without informing it to the BMC administration.”
But, when My Medical Mantra tried to contact the officers of the Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana, the officers declined to comment on the subject.
Dr Pradeep Jadhav, Head of the peripheral hospitals said, “Due to the renovation in the hospital, the scheme has been suspended in the four hospitals for a few months. But, now we are planning to start the same as soon as possible so that the poor patients will not suffer.”