Moving in lockstep with government hospitals in other districts, the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in the city has decided to outsource its manpower requirement for the upkeep of the hospital.
Padmavathi Hospitality and Facilities Management Services, a Chennai-based organisation which has recently tied up with government hospitals in 31 districts, will provide the hospital with housekeeping and security personnel. “Maintaining hygiene and access to proper sanitation for the patients is extremely important and (so) we have decided to outsource the manpower required for effective upkeep of the hospital,” said Madurai Medical College Dean Dr N. Mohan.
Recruitment is on for 250 cleaners, 124 security personnel and 24 housekeeping supervisors at the hospital.
“We had hoped to start services in GRH by November 4 since we were looking to hire existing employees on a contractual basis in addition to the new recruits. The recruitment process is, however, still going on and we will start the services by November 15,” N. Sasikumar, Project head at Padmavathi Hospitality and Facilities Management Services, said on Tuesday.
“While the cleaners will be required to work eight-hour shifts, the security personnel and supervisors will need to put in 10 hours of work. The pay package also includes benefits such as Provident Fund and Health,” Mr. Sasikumar added.
Security at the hospital became a concern following an incident of child-lifting reported in June.
“We have reports of people using the premises to sleep or relax, and parking their vehicles in the hospital parking lot. Improved security will keep a check on this (misuse of the premises),” a representative of the organisation said.
GRH caters to around 10,000 outpatients drawn from the southern districts every day.