Gandhi Doctors Up In Arms

The Gandhi Hospital is outsourcing laboratory tests needed for Aarogyasri patients to a private agency angering senior doctors and post-graduate students who feel that the money can be used for repairing the hospital’s lab equipments, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

Most of the lab equipment has not been repaired or is dysfunctional due to lack of funds. But now with the outsourcing of diagnosis, the government will be paying the private firm instead of deploying the funds internally.

Angry PG students of microbiology, biochemistry and pathology confronted hospital superintendent Dr Chandrashekar regarding this as they stand to lose hands-on experience.

Post-graduate student Dr Mohammed Imran explained, “A test which will cost only Rs 25 (US$0.40) will now fetch the private agency Rs 600 (US$9.50).”