Suvarna medical scheme likely in City

Yeddyurappa inaugurates 24-bed ICU at Bowring Hospital

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said the successful Suvarna medical scheme implemented in Gulbarga will be replicated in Bangalore for the benefit of the urban poor. “We have given a thought and thinking of implementing the Arogya Vima Yojana here in Bangalore,” said Yeddyurappa.

Appealing to the medical fraternity for providing better service-oriented medical care, Yeddyurappa said the efficiency, effort and enthusiasm found in private hospitals was lacking in the government medical units. “I hope that on this auspicious occasion the fraternity of Bowring will get together and make a determined effort to ensure better service for the common man,” he said.

Subsidised treatment

Speaking on the new facilities that were inaugurated at the hospital, the CM believed that the treatment awarded in the country and the City is, perhaps, the most subsidised in the entire world and it is meant to help the people. “During my admission in this hospital as the then Deputy CM, I have seen things that should and could have been avoided. I appeal to all the employees in the hospital, especially who work on night rounds, to heed to the woes of the ordinary man who comes in for treatment,” he recalled.

Yeddyurappa reiterated that the facilities were primarily meant for the ordinary man and not for the VIPs who get admitted in the hospital.

620 beds to added

Minister for Medical Education, Ramachandra Gowda who spoke on the achievements of the ruling party in medical care, said another 620 beds will be added to the hospital to its existing 640. “The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 20 crore of which the government has already sanctioned Rs 11 crore,” he said.

Earlier, chairing the event, Shivajinagar MLA, Roshan Baig requested the State Government to look into the matter of user fee that was being charged by the Bowring Hospital on patients who did not have a BPL card.

“Last year alone the hospital collected Rs 1.2 crore in user fee. The rich do not enter the doors of this hospital, it is only the poor who require the care provided by the government hospital. I request the CM and the government to ensure that henceforth no person is turned away by the hospital for lack of facilities and medical care,” said Baig.

‘We’re working day and night’

Taking a dig at the Opposition and the media, in particular, on the late-night tender fiasco by the BBMP, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said: “I think people should be happy that our officers are working day and night. Here we are being punished for working late night to complete our work. I do not know what is wrong in it.”

Applauding Roshan Baig’s statement on praising the government’s efforts to provide better medical care at Bowring Hospital, Yeddyurappa said: “I am happy that at least Baig has the courtesy and humility to say, something that is good is good. There are no double standards.”

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