Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be taking stock of the present situation of the health sector in the state on Tuesday. After coming to power in 2011, the Chief Minister had held such a meeting. The meeting was held in Town Hall then.
Senior officials of the state Health department, state-run hospitals and medical colleges and other concerned officials will be present in the meeting that are going to held at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Tuesday.
According to sources, representatives of Rogi Kalyan Samiti will also be present in the meeting and there will be discussion to ensure better coordination between them and hospital authorities. The meeting was earlier scheduled to be held on May 22. Later, it was rescheduled and would take place on Tuesday.
The main focus of the discussion in the meeting is to maintain better coordination between members of Rogi Kalyan Samities and hospital authorities.
According to the sources, there will be a turnout of around 425 officials in the meeting and it includes the heads of all departments as well.
The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee had made a surprise visit to the SSKM hospital and the fair price medicine shops in the vicinity, to investigate whether the patients were receiving proper medical amenities.
Earlier Banerjee left from her Kalighat residence ; but on her way she stopped her convoy at the gate of the SSKM hospital. She walked up to the family members of the patients waiting in the hospital compound and spoke to them in person. She ordered the hospital authorities to provide a shaded waiting area for the visitors and patients. Moreover, she requested them to arrange for pouch packets of drinking water for the common people who visit the hospital.
During the diarhheoa outbreak, Mamata Banerjee held a review meeting with mayor-in-council (Health) Atin Ghosh to discuss the diarrhoea threat in the city. Many people were affected by diarrhoea in various parts of the city, with some being admitted to hospitals diagnosed with serious conditions. The CM showed concern as so many people were affected by the disease that spread so quickly.
In a meeting at the Town Hall with the top representatives of dozens of private hospitals and nursing homes of the state, the chief minister hauling them up for overcharging patients and shoddy service that constitutes one of the most popular grievances in society. “Is the kidney racket still going on in your hospital?” lashed out chief minister Mamata Banerjee in that meeting.