Pvt hospitals for MLAs, GMC only for public

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 08 August 2012 18:45 IST

Government has notified two top private hospitals of South Goa for regular check up of all the 40 legislators by totally sidelining the government-owned Goa Medical College hospital.

These hospitals are Victor Apollo and Nusi Wockhardt, in Margao and Cuncolim.

Health minister Laxmikant Parsekar has appealed to all the MLAs to take benefit of this special arrangement made by the government and conduct their regular check up.

“The government would bear the expenses of these checkups”, he said.

According to Parsekar, regular health checkups have become imminent for the legislators, especially after the Assembly has lost one member due to neglect of health.

The Assembly sessions, heated debates, regular work pressure etc bring lots of stress on the legislators and a regular health check up could help a big deal, said the health minister.

He however dismissed Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho’s contention that this amounts to government undermining Goa’s premier health institute like the GMC hospital.

Parsekar however said GMC hospital was not considered since it had no proper cardiac facility.

Dr Gladstone D’Costa, the chairman-elect of the Goa chapter of the Indian Medical Association, felt that this justification was wrong as enough facilities for cardiac check up are available at GMC.

However, he said the GMC does not have a set up for a complete check up in one go and doctors at the OPD are always overloaded with patients.

Dr Shekhar Salkar, president of the Goa Medical Council, felt that the government should extend this service by roping in private health sector rather than using government service for all such checkups.

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I think they are afraid of big cuts and black ingections by Dr. Amonkar, Surme, Pai and Patil. don't worry visit them once and you do not need to go to doctors anymore. you will be fix forever.

- John W D Souza, Margoa Goa | 13 th August 2012 22:41


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- akshay naik, panjim | 12 th August 2012 12:59


The Govt. should be concerned of health checks for people from all the segments of society-- not just the MLAs.

They should encourage everybody to go for it, also promote and provide subsidized periodic health checks. It is amazing that not just coronary and cancer related diseases but so many other conditions could be detected at an early (hence curable in most cases) stage through periodic wellness checks.

Such periodic checks will save emergency visits, cost on later operations/advanced procedures, money to patients and very importantly lives.

At least Parsekar the health minster should have opted for GMC.

- Jagan Kamat, Canada | 08 th August 2012 23:09


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