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Need following information from Government Hospitals  in larger public interest

1. number of scan equipments and other medical equipments for patients

2. charges collected for various services from patients

3. number of scan machines that are faulty,repair records, steps taken to repair the faulty scan machines,how long the scan machines were faulty,repair request raised etc

4.person incharge of scan machines and other medical equipments

 

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Prasad GLN
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Immediately search the website of the Hospital and seek information on the most important aspects touching larger public interest. You have to locate correct Public Information officer, a format of application and amount of RTI fee to be remitted and such mode.

If you have any difficulty to find those details, file RTI Application to Nodal PIO, Collector of the district and you will certainly get information, though it may be late by another 5 days. (Hon Collector is such committee member in running all Govt. Hospitals)

Ask about the list of all electronic equipment, date of purchase, the amount spent, the source of funds, present position, expenses spent so far, Any service contract entered, machines not being used for such repairs, pending proposals of identified instruments. The most important aspect is whether equipment are being purchased with the maintenance contract, and the period within which company has to attend for repairs, number of cases being referred to outside hospitals, though the equipment is there but in working.

(There is large corruption in these aspects, as some government servants neither due to ignorance or purposefully spoil the delicate equipment, and refer the cases to outside and get their unofficial commission on all such references)

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subbu23
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On numerous occassions government hospital staff stated that CT scan, MRI scan and other scan machines are not working,I thought that  sub-standard  machines must have been procured or technicians are  lethargic in raising a repair request with maintenance company.However, your post reveals that they have colluded with private hospitals and  not reparing the scan machines. My focus is on drafting a RTI application on scan machines and other medical equipments, their current working conditions, number of scans taken per year etc.

Will draft an RTI application and post it here for review

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Prasad GLN

 

 

 

In general, there can never be substandard equipment in high-end products.

Before purchasing such equipment, there are many exercises before placing an order.   An expert committee makes inquiries, writes to already users about its functioning, calls references from successful bidder, gets opinions of other hospitals in writing, finally the expert committee sanctions while checking all parameters.  They mainly take care of initial teething problems, insist for free maintenance during the first year, makes a condition for visit maximum within 24 hours, and even penalize for late functioning.  They also maintain a list of those suppliers who are having bad reputation earlier and lists their names in a prohibited list.

  The second problem is corruption.  As getting a break-even point for private hospitals is very difficult as they have to get 100 patients every day and they depend on outside work.  Further, due to the change in technology, the latest machines have more features and cost-effective.   Even here there are no experts and one technician prepares the report and sends the same to a qualified doctor for his signature.

  The collector is in charge and a mere reference is more than enough to inquire in the matter.  Some hospitals must send email to all concerned and the expert should possibility come maximum within 24 hours and each visit may cost around Rs.10,000/- but for the first year, it is free.  There is also lifetime contract say maximum 3 years.  Without this equipment, it becomes an ordinary nursing home:, moving a serious patient to an outsider for all those checkups is itself a difficult task as getting ambulance services, waiting and abnormal costs are also posing more troubles to the patient. 

The proper course is seeking inspection and with a laptop and digital camera prepare a comprehensive report to submit it to the collector and release the report to media if the applicant is genuinely concerned of larger public interest and good use of public money.

It takes a minimum of 60 hours for two persons to prepare the report.

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subbu23
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Sir ,

Please review the  RTI drafted and advice on points to be added.

 

[1 ] Please provide list of all electronic equipments at all the departments in ABC Government Hospital along with the date of purchase, the amount spent and the source of funds.

 

[2] Provide information regarding list of electronic equipments that are not in use, due to repair or obsolete or not having technicians at all departments in ABC Government Hospital

 

[3] Provide provide information regarding list of all electronic equipments that are being purchased with the maintenance contract, and the period within which company has to attend for repairs in ABC Government Hospital

 

[4] Provide information on list of electronic equipments not being used for such repairs and pending proposals of identified instruments.

 

[5] Provide information on number of cases being referred to outside hospitals, though the equipment is there but not working

[6] Provide details on charges collected from patients for availing services using the electronic Equipments in all Departments at ABC hospital.

 

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1. Please provide list of all electronic  Diagnostic  equipment Purchased  from 2015 to 2018 preferably in the following  tabulated format

1.Nature of Equipment  2. Date of Purchase  3. Amount spent  4. Source of funds  5. Estimated life 6Present condition. Expenditure on repairs  7.Service guarantee period.  8.qualified technicians.9.If not in use reasons  10.Proposed expenditure for repairs. 11.Charges if any recovered from patients  12.Fees in General in other private hospitals.

 

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