PMRDA to shut down twin towns’ jumbo COVID unit
The rather unexpected decision, giving a stiff timeline for the closure, has flustered the company running it as it is yet to be paid and its personnel have been remaining in where the bills need to be cleared
An abrupt choice by the (PMRDA) to shut the jumbo COVID-care centre at Annasaheb Magar Stadium in Pimpri-Chinchwad, from January 16, has actually left the company running the unit in a quandary. While it is yet to be paid its dues, it does not have the wherewithal to let its 500-odd personnel go, who are primarily parked in hotels, where the bills will need to be cleared before check-out. The authorities, however, guaranteed they will take due take care of ending up the system.
It might be remembered that pursuant to multiple complaints about the functioning of the jumbo centers, deputy chief minister, during a conference on December 27, looked for to know the need for the jumbo systems and recommended that if not vital, they ought to be closed down. This triggered the officials to stop admissions into the jumbo units, with the plan to shut them down as quickly as the last patient was released.
Nevertheless, on Thursday, the (PCMC) and the dean of the jumbo system at Annasaheb Magar Stadium, got a letter dated January 13, telling them to shut down the centre on January 16. The letter signed by member secretary of the coordination committee and PMRDA chief engineer Vivek Kharwadkar mentioned, “The number of clients in the jumbo center has decreased substantially. This has caused increase in the per day expenditure on the clients. During a current conference, Pawar had actually advised to shut down the facility. Accordingly, the admission of patients had actually been stopped considering that January 1. Nevertheless, it was chosen that the final choice will be taken after consulting with Medbros Health care Pvt Ltd and AAA Health Care Professional Pvt Ltd.”
It also added, “During a meeting, it was decided to shift the clients to with the assistance of physicians of the healthcare facility, Pune Municipal Corporation and PCMC. The company would be paid the cash till the date of shifting the patients. Appropriately, directions have been offered to take an evaluation of the condition of patients at the jumbo system at Annasaheb Magar stadium and accordingly take the procedures to foreclose the agreement with Medbros.”
Harking back to the December meeting with Pawar, the letter highlighted, “It was decided to keep both the jumbo units (at Annasaheb Magar Stadium and, Shivajinagar) on a standby mode. Appropriately, it has been chosen that the PCMC jumbo facility will be shut from January 16 and the agreements with the firms will likewise be foreclosed on the exact same day. No cash will be paid to the worried companies for the medical and paramedical personnel payment and property costs after this date.”
Despite the reference of a choice to move the clients no direction have actually come on moving the 25 currently confessed at the system, say the authorities running the location. They are also at a loss about how to go about severing the services of 500 workers, who are staying in five different hotels around Pimpri-Chinchwad – all within a day. “We ‘d earlier enquired with the authorities a number of times, but they kept talking about clients’ entry. They ‘d specified that we would be informed of any decision in advance. But, today, all of a sudden we have actually been informed to abandon. No expenses have been cleared and we’re in no position to look after the hotel expenses, without which our staff will not be allowed to have a look at. We’re trying to sort this out. We’re meeting the officials.”
When questioned, Kharwadkar firmly insisted, “We will not shut down the centers without taking due procedures as far as patients or the personnel is worried. We will follow a methodical closure. Nevertheless, the lay-off will have to take place one day, as running the centre is no longer feasible. Due care will be taken and we will go over the problems with the firms worried.”