17 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: It was after over 200 private hospitals in the State decided to withdraw from providing services under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) over non-payment of dues, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has assured to resolve the issue after a meeting with the All Odisha Private Medical Establishment Forum (AOPMEF).
AOPMEF Secretary Dr Indramani Jena today said though healthcare services are being provided both by Government and Private establishments, the private hospitals or nursing homes are providing 70 per cent of the services but are unable to get their pending dues on time.
The Minister has assured to taken action in this regard after a discussion, as demanded by the AOPMEF earlier, following which the healthcare services will start to function smoothly, he added.
Dr Jena sought apology from the patients for their inconvenience, however, asserted that if the State Government doesn't resolve the issue within a month the AOPMEF will take an extreme step as decided by the general body of the association.
"Many people will be unemployed if the services are stopped. The matter will be resolved in a minute if the Minister desires. We are here for providing treatment; it is not our intention to harass the public or government. We run hospitals for welfare of people, we are not businessmen," Dr Jena added.