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Indian Express
24 April 2010

Civic Body to Review Pacts with Hospitals
Municipal chief promises to ensure agreements are in interest of public "We will form a committee to study all the agreements and make amendments so that the citizens get more benefits."
Mahesh Zagade Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation
UNE Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Zagade on Friday promised to review all the agreements with the private hospitals in return of additional Floor Space Index, in the city so that they are in the interest of public and not the hospitals.

Raising the issue in the general body meeting, MNS corporator Rajendra Wagaskar said that the private hospitals are not following the agreement of reserving beds for the civic staff for medical treatment and also not giving discount in the treatment to the poor.

“There is no check on the private hospitals that take benefits from the civic body but fail to abide with the agreement,” he said.

Responding to the issue, Zagade said the agreement seems to be more in the interest of private hospitals while they should have been for citizens. “We will form a committee to study all the agreements and make amendments so that they benefit more to citizens,” he said.

Earlier, the issue received support from elected representatives across party. Standing committee chairman Arvind Shinde said it was shocking to find that the civic administration did not have record of any of the beneficiaries from the private hospital.

“I have been seeking details of all the agreements with private hospitals from the civic health department but have not received the complete details. There are massive irregularities,” he said.

NCP leader Anil Bhosale said the civic body has been giving additional FSI for construction of the hospital buildings while signing agreement of discount in medical services to civic staff and elected representatives but the hospitals are not following it.

Shiv Sena corporator Sagar Malkar said there is never any bed available for civic staff in the private hospitals. The civic administration does not even verify whether the hospital authorities have carried out construction of building as per the plan, he added.

Congress corporator Dattoba Sasane said the civic hospitals are in bad shape and citizens are forced to go to private hospitals for better treatment.

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