COVID-19 Pune: Doctors 'lured' with 'attractive packages' to work in jumbo hospitals, alleges BJP Corporator

Salil Urunkar
Friday, 21 August 2020

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has finalised a company after the tender process got over, to hire doctors, nurses and other medicos, non-medico staff required for the jumbo hospital facilities.

Pune: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Corporator Praveen Chorbole has alleged that some 'unknown doctors' are 'luring' and offering 'attractive packages' to several doctors - already engaged in hospitals contracted by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in the city - to work for the jumbo hospitals being set up by the district administration.

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has finalised a company after the tender process got over, to hire doctors, nurses and other medicos, non-medico staff required for the jumbo hospital facilities. But this company has allegedly lured doctors providing COVID-19 treatment at hospitals with whom the PMC has entered into a contract.

BJP corporator Praveen Chorbole has made a serious allegation that one Dr Sandeep Gupta and Dr Dhanashree is calling up doctors and offering them packages to work for the jumbo hospital facilities. Chorbole has submitted a letter to the Pune Municipal Commissioner and has demanded immediate action in this matter. Chorbole told reporters on Thursday that it was not right to 'lure' doctors and nurses in this way during the COVID-19 crisis situation.
Doctors are being offered Rs 60,000, nurses Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 a month to work in jumbo hospital along with other perks like free accommodation, meals and daily PPE kits.

The non-medical and medical staff required for the jumbo facilities will be around 280 to 300. District administration officials said that they expect Rs 34 crore expenditure for the civil work of one jumbo hospital and another 35 to 44 crore expense for medical equipment and consumables at the hospital for the next six months.

The COEP jumbo hospital facility is spread over 7350 square metre area and will have 600 beds including oxygenated and ICU beds, while the Magar facility will have 200 oxygenated beds and 60 Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds. The district administration has missed its deadline for setting up both the hospitals by August 19.

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