NephroPlus operates under PPP mode for dialysis of BPL patients; 350 BPL patients are at present availing dialysis
In a decision which could send hundreds of poor patients with chronic kidney ailments into jaws of death, NephroPlus, the company, entrusted with conducting dialysis by the government under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, has decided to discontinue its services to the Below Poverty Line ( BPL) patients in Uttarakhand.
NephroPlus has been providing dialysis to BPL category patients at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (Coronation) Hospital, Dehradun and Soban Singh Jeena Base Hospital, Haldwani since February 2017 under PPP mode.
Addressing the media persons here on Monday, the vice- president operations of the company, Sukaran Singh Saluja said that from March 31, the company would not be able to provide dialysis service to the BPL patients with the government sitting over its dues for the past 15 months. He claimed that the Uttarakhand government owes a sum of Rs 5.93 crore to the company.
The state health department has not paid a sum of Rs 1.82 crore for dialysis done at Coronation Hospital, Dehradun and Rs 4.11 crore at Base Hospital Haldwani to the company.
“We received regular payments until December 2017. Thereafter, the bills have been withheld without providing any valid reason whatsoever. It was only after the issue was raised before the director general health services that we were informed that payments related to BPL patients’ needs to be authorised by the mission director (MD) National Health Mission (NMM),’’ he said.
“Bills towards our services are vetted at several levels before being cleared. It is distressing that a vendor supplying such crucial services is being forced to undergo such financial distress without any error on its part,’’ Saluja added.
The VP Operation further said that the company has so far done a total 76870 sessions in 2018 and 350 patients are at present availing the benefit of the dialysis.
He added that the fate of 66 highly committed employees hangs in balance as they run the risk of losing their livelihood because the NephroPlus is unable to bear the salary expenses now.
Saluja said that the company is now left with no other option but to discontinue its service and take the matter to the court. He added that as per the provisions of the memorandum of understanding ( MoU), the government would have to pay an interest of 18 percent to the company for the delay in the payments.
When contacted, the mission director (MD) of NHM , Yugal Kishore Pant said that the process of the payment of the bills of the NephroPlus company is currently on.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 |PNS| Dehradun
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