Even as the cash-strapped Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences here is coming under increasing pressure to pay over Rs 40 crore to its suppliers and the municipal corporation for the material and services it has received, it has outstanding receivables amounting to over Rs 60 crore from its debtors who have nothing more than promises to make.
Officials at the hospital say this lack of financial indiscipline in the past has put them in a position where they cannot bargain with the suppliers. A financial officer of the director’s rank has been deputed to the hospital recently by the state government to review the financial practices, they say.
According to hospital authorities, 400 small organisations together owe the hospital a sum of `30 crore. “But, they are regular payers. The dues are from organisations like Singareni Collieries, BSNL, postal department and Arogya Bhadrata. However, the dues have not affected the running of the hospital. It is major defaulters like the Central Government Health Scheme, Arogyasri Healthcare Trust and APSRTC _ which together owe Rs 30 crore _ that is crippling the institute,” explains Dr L Narendranath, director NIMS.
According to him, the APSRTC has promised to make a part payment in the coming days and that the state government is trying to take up the issue of CGHS with the central government.
“Unless they make a major payment to clear the dues, we cannot do anything,” he says helplessly. While the state government is trying to initiate the discussion with the centre, APSRTC which is one of the biggest defaulters to the hospital, promises to pay back.
“As of now, we owe to around 50 hospitals. We are making payments on day-to-day basis. Other than that, to make huge payments will be difficult for us. We have written to the government to help us out,” says M Ravinder, executive director (medical), APSRTC.
The hospital is learnt to be losing about Rs 1.60 lakh per patient under Arogyasri scheme. “The government reimburses corporate hospitals first and we are always the least priority,” Nims officials say.