The BMC which is the country’s richest civic body is not getting enough doctors to man the ICU departments of suburban hospitals. In order to fill in the vacant posts, the administration has decided to appoint private doctors to be in charge instead.
A proposal regarding appointing the private doctors as in charge of the ICU was discussed in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday.
In all, 33 RMO posts are vacant in 12 suburban hospitals in Mumbai.
The BMC administration had earlier released an advertisement, in order to fill these vacant posts. But, no doctor had come forward to apply for these posts. Owing to which, the BMC, has taken a decision to appoint private doctors in the ICU.
But, the corporators are not pleased about the proposal mooted by the administration. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Ravi Raja, the opposition leader in the BMC said, “Patients visit civic-run hospital’s with the faith that here they will get treatment at affordable costs. The BMC has very few beds in the ICU. Many a times, we are faced with question, where and how to admit the patient who is from our ward. If this proposal is implemented, civic-run hospitals will go into the hands of private players and doors of the BMC hospitals will be closed for poor and needy patients.”
While answering the queries of the corporators in the standing committee meeting, Additional Commissioner Vijay Singhal said, “We are not taking a decision to privatise BMC hospitals. But, no doctors are available to work in the ICUs of civic-run hospitals. And that is why we have decided to hire doctors from the private sector. The administration will make sure that the ICU’s will not go into the hands of the private doctors.”