The decision of running the district hospital on PPP basis is unreasonable and not in the public interest and the entire tender process is shrouded in mystery, nothing is certain and the government needs to be very clear as far as financial applications are concern, said amicus curiae in the new Mapusa district hospital case, advocate, Mr Lotlikar.
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The case came up for hearing on Wednesday before the division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Mr Justice S A Bobde and Mr Justice F M Reis. ”If the district hospital is privatised the funding which the central government gives only to the government hospitals will not be available for this district hospital and if the hospital is privatised the services like post-mortem, certification and programmes will be affected,” he said. Advocate General, Mr Subodh Kantak said in the court that the 90 per cent staff of Asilo has agreed to join services at the new Mapusa district hospital.
A petition filed by BJP MLA, Mr Francisco D’Souza states, “The concept of operating the district hospital on PPP mode was not made public with all the details as transparency would demand. Even the government’s own actions for the past three years after completion of district hospital are all arbitrary and directionless.” The petitioner has prayed in the petition, “Pending the hearing and final disposal, the respondents be restrained from handing over the new District Hospital at Mapusa on PPP basis or take any steps pursuant thereto.” Another petitioner, Shalby Hospitals has challenged the government’s decision to award the tender to Radiant Life Care Pvt Ltd, and alleged that the state government had taken the decision without considering their bid.