Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, 20 October

Cracking at the Minister of Health Chetan Singh Jouramayra on comparing PGI to Mohalla clinics and his threat to cancel the award of private hospitals, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, President Dr. Paramjit Singh Maan pointed out that the government cannot hide its failure to provide quality healthcare services to the public by making such remarks.

He said, “Instead of threatening Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) equipped hospitals, the government should focus on clearing their pending demands.”

The government should focus on clearing duties

Instead of threatening hospitals covered under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), the government should focus on clearing their outstanding claims. Dr. Paramjit Singh Maan, President, IMA Punjab

He added, “There are many facilities which are not available in the government sector like paediatrics, cardiology, oncology and urology etc. these hospitals are not in a position to continue providing their services,” he added.


Members of IMA Punjab said the state government had failed doctors by not clearing Rs 220 crore dues from private hospitals.

IMA Punjab had almost 26 meetings with past health ministers, health secretary, finance secretary and the current health minister in the last five months.

Every time they were given an assurance of a permit within 15 days, but to no avail, they lashed out. They further said that the IMA Punjab private nursing home chapter had a meeting under the main Ayushman committee and decided to boycott ‘farishtai’ or any other scheme launched by the Punjab government.

The core committee members unanimously said that until the government pays the full claims of the private hospitals, none of the private hospitals will participate in any government scheme and health programme.

“This government came to power by promising better health services to the people of Punjab, but instead of improving the health care services, they are destroying the social scheme that has been working successfully for the last three years. Moreover, many doctors are resigning prematurely due to the toxic environment created by the government. “Doctors also have to deal with rude politicians,” Dr. Mann said.

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