Indore : Activists of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) staged a demonstration on Wednesday over delay in establishing Cardiac Centre at MY Hospital.
Besides staging demonstration, the activists also created a din in the hospital and also tried to enter the chamber of Superintendent Dr AD Bhatnagar. They alleged that the Superintendent himself was doing practice in private hospitals and was delaying the proposals.
More than 60 NSUI activists led by District President Amit Patel reached the hospital at noon and staged demonstration at the main entrance of the hospital. Later, the activists tried to enter the chamber of Superintendent and shouted slogans against him.
By that time, Superintendent Dr AD Bhatnagar had left for the third floor and from where he called the police. Some Congress leaders even tried to intervene in the matter. He returned to the chamber only when TI, Sanyogitaganj DS Baghel reached the hospital.
The agitators submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent and asked him to take a follow-up of the proposal and inform the activists about the delay. Dr Bhatnagar informed them that they had already sent the proposal to the Medical Education Department and it’s pending there. The NSUI leaders also asked Dr Bhatnagar to give exact reason of delay in seven days.
“The State Government had announced to establish a Cardiac Centre in the hospital about three years ago but the doctors in the hospital do not want it to be established as they don’t want their private practice in jeopardy. We have given an ultimatum to the hospital administration to get the proposal cleared or inform them about the delay,” Patel said.
Cardiac Centre at a glance
In 2012, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had announced to establish a Cardiac Centre in MYH. The PWD sent a proposal after six months, prepared by the officers of Project Implementation Unit under the supervision of Dean Dr MK Saraswat to the State Government and the department had proposed Rs 19 crore for the entire project. The government also approved the proposal in principle and even sanctioned Rs 5 crore as the first installment. Later, the Government changed the ‘construction’ agency as the PWD lacked technical expertise and handed over construction work to the MP Housing Board, which sent a fresh proposal of Rs 49.77 crore. The Housing Board also sent the DPR to the State Government but the latter did not approve the same. The officials once again changed the construction agency and gave the work to the PIU of PWD. The proposal of Rs 30 crore to establish the cardiac centre atop the Trauma Centre was sent for the third time which was also rejected.