The government will provide space and buildings only

The State government’s attempt to outsource operation of laboratory and radiology units of 20 government hospitals to HLL Lifecare has come in for a sharp criticism from different quarters.

Joint action committee of Odisha Medical Laboratory Technicians’ Association and All Odisha Radiographers’ Service Association protested the move alleging that benefits available to people in the present government dispensation would dry out.

“The State government is now going to handover laboratory and radiology units to third party instead of modernising the laboratories. Service conditions of employees working in the units would change for worse,” Nirmal Das, chairman of the association said.

Mr. Das said there was widespread discontentment among the paramedical staff of the hospitals over the attempts to outsource operation. According to government sources, it has been decided that existing laboratory and radiology units of 18 district headquarters hospitals would be handed over to HLL for setting up of Hindlabs. There would be a separate model for SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack. It was also decided that government would provide space and buildings only. HLL would install equipment and bear recurring expenditure. The required trained manpower would be engaged by HLL.

The existing staff at DHHs would be redeployed to sub-divisional hospitals and community health centres. However, a committee would also be formed to suggest modalities for smooth redeployment of staff.

“Any lab equipment except X-Ray machine which is less than six months old would be taken over by HLL. After handing over of equipment to HLL the concerned hospital authorities would transfer functional equipment to sub-divisional hospitals,” says a government proceeding.

In the first phase, HLL will operationalise laboratories in Capital Hospital, Khurda and District Headquarters Hospital of Nayagarh, Puri, Phulbani, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak by March 2013.

In the second phase, HLL will establish labs in the rest 100 DHHs such as Bhwanipatna, Bolangir, Nuapada, Baripada, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkanagiri, Sambalpur, Sundaragarh and Deogarh by August 2013.

  • The existing staff at DHHs will be redeployed to sub-divisional hospitals

  • Panel to be formed to suggest modalities for smooth deployment of staff