With the number of COVID- 19 cases declining,
At the outset, when the pandemic broke and PMC had no dedicated COVID-care facility working, it had entered into agreement with 11 hospitals, including Bharati Hospital and Research Centre, Kashibai Navale Hospital, Inlaks and Budhrani Hosptial, Poona Hospital, Sahyadri Hospital at Kothrud and Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre, for taking in COVID-19 patients, the cost of whose treatment would be compensated by the civic body.
The six-month agreement has ended and PMC has decided not to renew it with all the 11.
Going forward, COVID-19 patients will be treated only at the two jumbo facilities set up in the city – at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) and Baner – and two PMC hospitals – Naidu and Sonawane (for pregnant COVID-19 patients). New agreement will be signed with a few hospitals for availing their ventilator and
PMC’s additional commissioner, Rubal Agarwal insisted that the decision was not just an attempt to save money but a moral one, as it did not seem right to have patients admitted in private hospitals when such big dedicated facilities are at hand. “The earlier practice of sending patients to private hospitals randomly, will cease. Only those needing
The civic body’s assistant health chief, Dr Anjali Sabne, who is in charge of the PMC-run health facilities, informed that the decision was taken pursuant to a discussion with the additional commissioner on Friday. “Presently we have several beds that are vacant at the jumbo facilities and PMC is paying for them as well as to the private hospitals, where the COVID-19 patients are admitted. This is unnecessary, so we decided to stop the treatment at private hospitals unless it is referred by us due to certain lacunae in the dedicated facilities,” she reiterated.