Hyderabad: The government doctors in the state expressed concern over ‘Aarogyasri’ the pet program of the ruling party being diluted by the corporate hospitals.
The government doctors from Telangana demanded that cases under ‘Aarogyasri ‘should be referred to the government hospitals on priority.
Telangana government doctors association represented by Dr B Ramesh, Dr Umakanth Gowd, Dr P Praveen and others, on Tuesday said that they had given a memorandum to Principal Secretary, Health, P V Ramesh, insisting on ‘Aarogyasri’ cases should be referred to the government hospitals.
Most of the corporate hospitals lacked proper infrastructure for performance of surgeries, where as the government hospitals had not only sufficient infrastructure facilities but also top specialists and surgeons who could perform surgeries with ease.
The corporate hospitals which earlier neglected the poor are now turning towards them under this special scheme ‘Aarogyasri’ for making money, said the association leaders.
It was also pointed out that experienced doctors in the government hospitals had no full-time work as private hospitals were trying to fleece the poor particularly through the ‘Aarogyasri’ scheme for which they were demanding more funds.
They asked the Principal Secretary to allot Rs 200 crore, out of Rs 600 crore which was intended to be sanctioned for ‘Aarogyasri’, for further improving the infrastructure facilities in government hospitals as under the scheme 85 percent of the cases had been referred to corporate hospitals.
It was also made clear that the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the working of ‘Aarogyasri’ with Chief Secretary S V Prasad and the Principal Secretary P V Ramesh at a meeting recently and on the feedback provided considered to do away with the corporate hospitals’ intervention totally.(INN)