Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam on Monday visited the Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital in Jogeshwari which is run by the BMC and witnessed the plight of the poor who look up to the civic-run hospitals for relief.
During his visit, Sanjay Nirupam found out that the number of doctors in the hospital is way too less than required for the smooth functioning of the hospital even though many posts are still vacant. Nirupam pointed out that despite having a lot of space available in the hospital, the patients are not provided with the best facilities as promised by the civic body.
Sanjay Nirupam interacted with the patients of the hospital who told him that the medicines prescribed by the doctors cannot be bought in the very hospital and the patients in turn are asked to buy the medicines from the market at a much higher price.
Sanjay Nirupam said, “Every worker in this hospital plays multiple roles. For instance, same person performs roles of a ward boy, a sweeper, a dresser and an ICU assistant. How can the BMC play with the lives of the poor who look up to this civic-run hospitals? The poor coming in this hospital for treatment don’t have access to medicines at a cheaper rate which is their right. The patients are suffering and the BMC needs to act on this at the earliest”.
The city Congress Chief was accompanied by the leader of opposition in the BMC Ravi Raja who questioned the civic body about their competence to build Balasaheb Thackeray’s statue while the condition of hospitals continues to deteriorate under its watch.