Hyderabad: Health and Medical Education Minister D L Ravindra Reddy on Tuesday came out openly against his own department stating that the top officials were squarely responsible for the current ‘mess’ and malfunctioning of the entire health sector in the state which were compelling him to quit.
He said he was no longer in a position to continue with ‘chaos’ within.
Dr Ravindra Reddy went to the extent of stating that the pet scheme Arogyasri, which was started by former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was a ‘blunder’ in the sense that proper infrastructure was not created in the government hospitals before launching the programme.
The decision on Arogyasri was taken abruptly without proper planning and judgement and as many as 133 out of 963 procedures were confined to only to the government hospitals in 10 districts, the Health Minister said. He continued, “There is no proper infrastructure mechanism in government hospitals as a result of which the functional aspect is not satisfactory.”
Dr Ravindra Reddy added that the scheme was designed to help promote health among the poor and allow super-speciality hospital treatment to them. “But contrary to expectations, the private companies, who were given a free handle, made money depriving the facilities to the poor,” the Health Minister added.
At a press conference at the Secretariat, D Ravindra Reddy maintained that he was disgusted the way the IAS officers were functioning without any concern for the poor.
He told media persons that he was upset by the chronology of events and came to such a conclusion that he would be forced to resign and distance himself from the Health Department.
“Former chief minister K Rosaiah had sanctioned Rs 65 crore for developing the infrastructure in the hospitals but not a rupee was spent. That was the state of affairs in the Department and officials functioned neglecting the growth of the hospitals and the poor patients suffered,” the Minister pointed out.
For quite some the Minister and Health Secretary PV Ramesh were not seeing eye to eye for various reasons. Now was the opportune moment for the Minister to ventilate his grievance against the department. The Minister also made clear that some of the decisions were taken by the senior officers without consulting the minister.
Matters came to the fore after Dr Ramesh has been shunted out to an insignificant department – Youth and Culture from the Health Department.(INN)