No private hospital will be granted permission to conduct kidneytransplants until the procedure resumes at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital first, health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Wednesday. He said he will put in a note to dissolve the Appropriate Authority - a body that certifies an applicant hospital fit to conduct organ transplant - and reconstitute it.
"My priority is to start it (kidney transplants) at GMC. I'm the issuing authority and I have kept it in abeyance," he said, referring to AA's approval for issuing a registration certificate to start kidney transplant procedures at Manipal Hospital.
Rane also told mediapersons that he has already moved and approved a file to make Dr J P Tiwari head of the department of nephrology. The hospital's full-fledged kidney transplant program came to a halt after nephrologist, Tiwari went on a sabbatical and there was no clarity on the terms of the terms nephrologist Dr Sheetal Lengde who was appointed on, where it is mandatory for a hospital to have a full-time nephrologist to be able to carry out kidney transplants. The government is also looking to identify private diagnostic centres and laboratories to eliminate delays for patients.
Defending his stand to charge nominal rates to outstation patients visiting government-run hospitals, Rane assured that treatment wouldn't be denied to anyone. The labor class and those who cannot afford treatment will be granted an exception, where the powers to decide will rest with the medical superintendent and the head of department, he said, adding that a committee has been instructed to provide a list of all procedures by October 25, that will be priced.
"Priority will be given to Goans. This decision was long pending and had to be taken. GMC is overburdened and cannot handle the load. We cannot afford to give angiography and angioplasty free of charge," he said. – TOI