Operated on PPP since 2007, operators pulled out unable to bear expenses; officials say work to begin afresh
The Dalvi and Phadnis Hospital in Shivaji Nagar, which had been operating on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) since 2007, has now been wholly handed over to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Health department after the private concern responsible for its operations failed to bear daily expenses and manage human resources.
Given the paucity of medical staff in PMC, this is expected to add to the Health department’s woes. Dr Amita Phadnis, director of Oyster and Pearl Group of Hospitals, which was responsible for the running of the hospital, told Mirror, “We moved out after not being able to afford the expenses, as our own hospitals are in need of attention. We are in a phase of expansion and will soon set up another hospital.
We pulled out as per the exit clause mentioned in the PMC contract, which demanded a notice period of two months be served.” However, hospital staffers have a different story to share.
On condition of anonymity, one staff member said, “They have actually emptied the hospital, having taken away tables, chairs and equipment from the operation theatre (OT). They also took away a non-functional air-conditioner. We have to rearrange everything.”
While the their contract with PMC was for 30 years, the group ran the hospital for only seven years. The staffer added that their exit caused many admitted patients to suffer. Dr S T Pardeshi, chief of PMC’s Health department, confirmed that the civic body is suffering from a shortage of manpower in all of its 16 hospitals.
“We had to shift the admitted patients to Kamla Nehru Hospital in Mangalwar Peth,” he said. Pardeshi added that while the department will need to increase staff at the Dalvi Hospital, the OT is not in a state of functioning. “We will soon begin performing C-section and gynaecological surgeries.
The OT is in need of renovation and equipment, as the existing ones were taken away by the owners as it belonged to them. However, three senior medical officers have already been posted and child deliveries in the labour room have also begun,” he said. Madhav Jagtap, assistant municipal commissioner of PMC’s Ghole Road Ward, said, “The state the owner has left the hospital in is pathetic.
The OT needs a total makeover. As of now, a Rs 3 lakhtender for electrical and painting work has been passed. Work will begin in 15 days. However, the provision of hospital equipment will take two more months as we are still calculating the estimate of the same.”
Dr R Joshi, senior medical officer at Dalvi Hospital, said he has been recently posted at the hospital. “We will have to start afresh,” he said.