Government takes control of Udupi Women and Children Hospital

The state government has taken over the administration of Koosamma Shambhu Shetty Memorial Haji Abdullah Mother and Child Hospital in Udupi.

In a decree passed recently, the Government indicated that it will ensure the maintenance of this new hospital built in public-private partnership. He will also assume all other responsibilities related to this new mother-child hospital.

The government said it would bear the running cost of the hospital, which was assessed at ₹9.83 crore per year. It includes ₹7 crore for annual maintenance and ₹2.83 crore which goes to human resources and other expenses, depending on the order.

The government also withdrew the order which granted a 30-year lease to BRS Health Research Institute Private Limited, Bengaluru, to run the hospital.

It was in October 2016 that the government asked BRS Health Institute to build a 200-bed mother-child hospital, a 400-bed Center of Excellence hospital and a building for all medical services on a plot of 3 .88 acres owned by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. . The Institute was granted a 30-year lease to manage the hospital.

The foundation stone for the new hospital was laid on October 30, 2016, and the new mother and child hospital began operations on January 18, 2018. A few weeks after the operations, problems began with the employees who went on strike due to non-payment of wages. Staff members went on strike for a few days in August 2021. They stopped all other work except emergency services in February 2021. Some doctors and nurses stalled work in June 2021 demanding the payment of three months salary pending.

It was on June 9, 2021 that the Institute wrote to the state government stating that it was unable to run the hospital.

Udupi MLA K. Raghupathi Bhat then urged the state government to take over the hospital. During the laying of the foundation stone for the 250-bed district hospital in August 2021 in Udupi, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a resumption order for the mother and child hospital would be passed.

The state government notified the taking over of the mother and child hospital on April 13, 2022.

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