Patients suffering as ESI Hospital in doldrums Committee

Patients suffering as ESI Hospital in doldrums Committee

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-07 16:58 Mysuru: The ESI Hospital, Mysuru region, is suffering due to lack of staff and facilities even though the hospital has been generating huge revenue, alleged H S Jagadish, President, ESI Insurance Committee.Threatening to stage a protest on July 7 over the state government’s attitude towards the hospital, Jagadish accused the government of neglecting the hospital even though around 5 lakh people depended on the hospital and 1.3 lakh employees were registered with the hospital in the Mysuru region.He said an estimated Rs 1 crore per month was being collected from Mysuru division alone and deposited with the Central ESI Corporation. “Every month, money is being deducted from employee’s salary and employer is also contributing his share for providing health service under ESI hospitals. The amount is being deducted from every public and private employee whose salaries range between Rs 15,000 and Rs17,000. But the hospital lacks facilities,” he alleged.Due to lack of facilities, the superintendent of ESI hospital refers patients to private hospitals for treatment. However, private hospitals which have tie-up with ESI Hospital refuse to provide free service and collect additional amount from the patients in the name of ‘Non-medical charge’, said Jagadish.The hospital is stretched to its limits with just 104 staffers even though it needs twice the number. “Besides, there is no ICU unit, ambulance service, labs for doing basic tests, and no X-ray scanning service. All patients have to depend on private labs. Nearly thousand patients visit the hospital every day seeking free treatment, but in reality they end up paying money,” said Jagadish.Vice-President Mahadevu lamented over the lack of progress in renovation work.