- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to increase the health budget for the year 2019-20.
- The move aims at upgrading the peripheral hospitals to multi-specialty hospitals.
- This move will reduce the patients’ load on the major civic-hospitals, and the corporation can cater to a large number of poor and needy patients.
The health budget has always been a point of discussion or debate between the health experts and the government machinery. Over the past several years, Health has been a neglected subject.
With an aim to strengthen the civic-run medical system, the BMC has decided to increase the health budget for the year 2019-20.
The civic-run hospitals in Mumbai are the backbone of the healthcare system, especially, for the poor and needy. Those patients who can’t afford private hospitals are dependent on corporation hospitals.
While speaking to the press, I A Kundan, Additional Commissioner, BMC, said, “We have decided to increase the health budget this year, so that the needy patient can avail all the medical facilities in civic-run hospitals. Due to the lack of machinery, and diagnostic facilities at peripheral hospitals, the patient has to travel all the way to the major hospital. It creates enormous pressure on major hospitals like Sion and KEM.”
“So, to ease the pressure from the major hospitals, we have aimed at upgrading the peripheral hospitals into the multi-specialty centre. Special services will be provided to the patients, and these hospitals will be joined to the major hospital,” he added.
Around 60 per cent of the population in Mumbai is concentrated in suburban areas, and the peripheral hospitals are their only lifeline. Many times, a patient has to travel to the major hospital, as the medical facility is not available in the peripheral hospitals.
I A Kundan further added, “The Out-Patient Department (OPD) of the major civic-run hospitals carries a tremendous patient load. So, we have decided to add 1040 beds and 900 beds exclusively for the pregnancy care wards. It will ease the pressure on the major hospital by 35 per cent.”
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has written to the deans of civic and government-run hospitals to constitute a panel to address health budget issues.