H.S. Narasimha Kumar

`The district committee has recommended all the hospitals that have applied'

AllegationsThe district hospital has not visited any hospital in the past two yearsSome of the hospitals do not possess intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, or labour room FHPL has not done any random checks so far

DAVANGERE: It is alleged that the district committee which identifies hospitals for Yeshasvini scheme has sent the approved list of private hospitals and nursing homes in Davangere district without verifying the facilities.

Many senior doctors, who run the nursing homes, on condition of anonymity told The Hindu that the committee had not visited any hospital to verify the facilities cited in the application forms. It had sent the list to the government recommending all the hospitals that had applied, they said.

Health Department sources said they had visited one or two hospitals, but did not have any records to corroborate the claim that the committee had visited the hospitals.

The private nursing homes and hospitals that wish to serve farmers under the Yeshasvini scheme have to make a self-assessment based on the facilities available there. The district committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat has to visit the hospitals and verify the claims before sending a report. But it has not visited any hospitals in the past two years, the District Health Officer pointed out at the zilla panchayat meeting some time ago. Some of the hospitals that have applied for empanelment in the network of hospitals under the scheme allegedly do not possess central oxygen line, intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, or labour room. Family Health Plan Limited (FHPL) can conduct a random check of hospitals, but it has hardly done that so far. The Yeshasvini Trust can also make a surprise check and assess the veracity of the district committee's report. Doctors and Health Department sources said there were complaints against some private hospitals in various districts that the farmers were treated with indifference. The department was planning to drop such hospitals from the list, sources said.

The empanelled hospitals have to send a letter to FHPL saying whether the beneficiary needs any surgery. It will approve the surgery if it is a genuine case. The hospitals have to then send the bills to FHPL for reimbursement. Over 55,000 farmers have been enrolled under the scheme, opening an opportunity for about seven private hospitals.