Mumbai: Assuring the Legislative Assembly
that it had not taken any decision regarding privatisation of
the state run J J Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra Government
today agreed to depute a team of MLAs to look into the
functioning of the hospital and suggest recommendations for
Intervening in a debate on the issue raised through a
calling attention notice, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said he
will ask the Health Minister to survey the functioning of the
hospital along with a select MLAs.
"They will be asked to look into the matter and suggest
remedies to improve the standard of functioning of the
hospital," Chavan said.
He was responding to demands from Leader of Opposition
Eknath Khadse and other members to appoint a house committee
to investigate the functioning of the hospital.
He accused the Hospital administration of rampant
corruption and alleged that it was playing with the lives of
"The hospital is in a pitiable condition even though
there are funds. Equipment like MRI and CT scan remain out of
order for most of the time. Senior doctors and staff are
quitting the hospital, due to shabby treatment," he alleged.
“Minister of state for Health Varsha Gaikwad, while
replying to supplementaries raised during the debate said the
government has not made any decision regarding privatisation
of the hospital.”
"It was just a preliminary discussion," she said.
BJP member Girish Mahajan said hospital had received a
Central government grant of Rs 100 crore.
"What has happened to that money nobody knows", he
alleged and demanded an investigation by a committee of
Gaikwad said a committee comprising local MLAs to
monitor the functioning of the hospital does exist.
Khadse demanded to know how many times the committee had
met and what was the progress of their work.
She said construction of a new building in the hospital
premises would be completed in 18 months.
There were vacancies of nurses, conservancy workers, and
ward boys and are in the process of being filled.
She also informed that several new doctors have joined